2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration hosted by One City

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The second annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration was a chance for all of the community to come out and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month which is from September 15th to October 15th.  

One city Director Taylor Smith says that once she and her husband returned to Cape Girardeau two years ago, they saw a need to celebrate the Hispanic culture.  

“And so, as we were getting to know people, we were like there needs to be an outlet and a place for this community to come together so that everybody can learn and so at one city we’re all about bridging gaps,” said Smith.  

Bridging the community together through dance games and food traditions.  

Vendor Yasdani Gonzalez and her family joined in the festival to share her family’s food traditions.   

“My family loves to cook and I thought it would be great for us to come out here and kind of get some authentic foods for people to try,” said Gonzalez.  

Local church pastor Michael House joined the celebration.  

His church is also one of the few bilingual churches in the area,  

House says if the community doesn’t belong together, we miss out on great things. 

“We all have different talents and skills and abilities that we bring to the table and I think if we don’t come together then we’re missing out on maybe some things that we could be doing for the betterment of not just our personal lives or spiritual lives but as us as a whole,” said House.  

The importance of today’s celebration was to honor the Hispanic community and bridge the community together 

Something Southeast Missouri State President Carlos Vargas who is originally from Mexico understands s extremely important  

“We need to continue to essentially share with others what the Hispanic community brings to the community of the region,” said Vargas.  

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