Despite the heavy rain, the energy and enthusiasm that characterize the Latino community in West Palm Beach were evident during the celebration of the second annual festival organized by the Latin Quater West Palm Beach in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The event started with a care parade from a local High School across streets in a locally known area as the West Palm Beach Latin Quarter. People representing various Hispanic countries paraded through the streets with flags, music, and emblems of their homelands. The parade ended at Phipps Park where the City of West Palm Beach Mayor, Keith James —the Parade Grand Marshall—addressed the crowd. City Commissioner Christina Lambert —the Parade Honored Guest and other dignitaries, and media outlets were present.
The event was a collaborative effort by the Latin Quarter West Palm Beach, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to build a community where residents and families thrive, leaving no one behind, particularly the Hispanic community.
This family-friendly festival is always filled with fun, plenty of games, sports, local foodies, community artists, and music. Even though this year’s festivities were cut short due to unexpected bad weather conditions, it happens every year during the festivities for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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