Big success of the 15th Annual Festival Hispano in Millsboro

"God protects this Festival"

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Festival Hispano celebrated its 15th annual fiesta in Millsboro on Sunday, August 23.

More than 5,000 people enjoyed the family day without rain, despite the threat and actual precipitation in nearby towns.

“God protects this Festival,” said Monica Viana, President of El Centro Cultural.

Many politicians, such as senator Tom Carper, just elected senator Joe Booth, Rob Robinson (Democratic candidate to the 37th District) and one of his sons, and Shaun Fink (41st District Republican Committee’s chairman) accompanied by his lovely family.

The consul of Mexico in Philadelphia didn’t want to miss the event.

All of them visited Hoy en Delaware’s stand and told us about the importance of the Festival.

Ruth Briggs, Republican candidate to the 37 th. District Representative couldn’t be there as consequence of an unfortunate accident.

Rafael Orlando and Cristina Fernandez acted as MCs presenting dances and music non-stop in two stages for six hours.

One represent of El Centro Cultural thanked, the work of some people who collaborated in the beginning, and the people who are collaborating nowadays. She gave two Mass Media Excellence Awards to the radio station La Exitosa and the newspaper Hoy en Delaware for their support to the Festival along its fifteen years of life.

Festival Hispano is organized by El Centro Cultural, a non-profit group that has been promoting Hispanic arts & cultural activities in Sussex County.

There were many performances: dancer’s group Citlali (México), group Impacto Vallenato (Colombia), Expresiones de Chile, Katari (music from los Andes), Micaela y su conjunto (flamingo), Isabel Umanzor, Ballet Guadalajara, Lyra Marquense (marimba from Guatemala), Anna Ornelas (mariachi music) and Grupo Elemento (popular dance music). Miss Hispanic Delaware’s pageants were there also. Some of them were singing and dancing on the stage and the new Queen 2009, Jennifer Figueroa, played her trumpet and sang some popular Puerto Rico’s songs.

Dan Gaffney was at WGMD 92.7 FM’ stand.

Children enjoyed with Araceli Popen’s tennis classes and Iglesia Maranatha with Pastor Israel Figueroa’s train in the Children area. Saulo from La Red played soccer with children… Dña. Irene and Lorena from Rincon Jarocho made delicious homemade meals.

A great group of volunteers leaded worked very hard to become a successful event.

Many people are not mentioned in this article by absence of space but not of importance. Their work was vital.