Organizers announced that more than 1,000 people attended the second annual Hispanic Heritage Festival held Sept. 16 at Bellevue State Park.

“We are very grateful to all the sponsors that made Hispanic Heritage Festival at Bellevue State Park possible this year,” said Jose Somalo, publisher of Hoy en Delaware, organizer of the festival.

Hoy en Delaware plays a role in discovering and promoting local Hispanic arts, supporting local arts education, coordinating local community events and advocating for more artistic, cultural and social programs for Delaware.

“It was just amazing to see our community come together, welcoming new visitors and celebrating,” said Somalo.

This year, Hispanic Heritage Festival brought Mexican, Colombian, Andean, Caribbean, American and Spanish folkloric group dances, singers and musicians. Among them, the international soprano Ana María Ruimonte, who recently launched her new album “Roses for Lecuona” recorded in La Habana with the famous Cuban pianist Huberal Herrera.

Hispanic Heritage Festival at Bellevue State Park is free and open to anyone who wants to celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage and the positive contributions of Hispanics to the area.

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