Celebrating diversity at the 5th Hazleton Latin festival


HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Hazleton community and beyond took part Saturday that celebrates diversity.  It was organized by ‘El Mensarjero’, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Spanish language newspaper.

The rich sound of Latin music resonates out of Hazle township community park Saturday as the fifth Latin festival got underway. Organizers say it’s a great way to connect the community to culture.

“This community is a vibrant community.  The Latino community has a lot of good things to show.  A lot of good things to share and a lot of good things to learn too.  Everybody is welcome,” says Amilcar Arroyo.

More than 15 nationalities with Latino backgrounds were represented at the festival.  Wonderful delicacies were grilled.

“Oh! We have a pincho. That’s a Dominican food. It is amazing. It is like a kabob. It has chicken, with tomatoes and onions and it’s so delicious,” says Verlane Machado.

And to digest, we got moving.

Church groups, venders and advocacy groups set up booths hoping to bridge the gap between cultures and connect the community.

“The same way we are learning from the Anglo people. the American people, they are learning from us,” says Maria Roman-Perez.

Organizers plan to host another one next summer in Luzerne County.

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