This past weekend marked the first edition of a new festival celebrating Latino culture in Huntingburg.

Friday evening marked the kickoff of the first ever Hispanic Cultural Festival in the city of Huntingburg. The opening ceremonies got underway at 6:30 pm on Friday with traditional Hispanic food, music, and an appearance by Patricia Maza-Pittsford, the consul general with the consulate of El Salvador. Maza-Pittsford, who is based in Chicago, Illinois, says she wanted to be a part of the first edition of this festival:

Maza-Pittsford says events such as this one are important because the fabric of communities all over the Midwest is beginning to undergo a transition:

The opening ceremony also included remarks by Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner and Guadelupe Center director Sister Karen Durliat. Musical performances were headlined by El Gran Pepe, Cicion de la Sierra, and DJ Sonido Rojo. The event concluded on Saturday evening.