How to celebrate Hispanic Heritage virtually this weekend

Just like the majority of larger gatherings set to take place in 2020, the Hispanic Heritage Festival has decided to pivot to a virtual celebration.

Typically, the Hispanic Heritage Festival, organized by PACO, or the Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization, is a cultural celebration with over a dozen Hispanic food vendors, a parade featuring costumed groups, an expanded children’s area, live music and dance activities. The festival typically takes place at the RiverScape MetroPark in Dayton.

This Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m., PACO will be hosting a virtual version of the Hispanic Heritage Festival that will take a look back at the best moments from past in-person celebrations from 2018 and 2019, along with live performances from a number of Hispanic musical acts. Tune in at PACO’s Facebook page. A more detailed schedule of events will be posted to the festival’s Facebook page before the celebration begins.

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PACO is a non-profit organization that works to support the local Hispanic community and promote Hispanic culture through scholarships to Hispanic students and other charitable initiatives.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Performances will include: Christian Nieves, Que Lindo Es Panama, Rondalla PR, Amador Sisters, Al Son De Iya, Hot Enchiladas, Dayton Salsa Project, Urbachata and Rika Swing.

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What: The Virtual Hispanic Heritage Festival

Where: View by heading to PACO’s Facebook page

When: Saturday, Sept. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

More info: Website | Facebook

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