Hispanic festival founded in 1983 returns to Lancaster

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This year marked the 39th anniversary of the festival. Organizers say the celebration has grown steadily over the years.

LANCASTER, Pa. — A church in Lancaster held its annual four-day festival this week celebrating Latino and Hispanic heritage.

San Juan Bautista Church put the hispanic party for 39 years. It’s their biggest fundraiser.

“A party? Did you say a party? We’re all in. We’re all in,” said Father Luis R. Rodriguez, pastor of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church.

The celebration honored Latin and Hispanic culture with food, live music, dancing and entertainment. Participants were able to taste traditional cuisine from Colombia and Mexico, among other Latin countries.

Free entry gave community members the chance to hear music from local and national bands.

The festival is a party for the community. This gives church leaders, the congregation, and participants everywhere a chance to socialize, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate their culture.

“One of the things that has always stuck with me the most when people come here is when they stand there and say, ‘Oh man, I haven’t seen you in a while,'” said Deacon Armando Torres.

The festival was organized by the community. All were welcome, from local members of the congregation to those simply visiting the area.

“There are people who have traveled to Allentown, Reading, Philadelphia,” Father Rodriguez said. “They’re all here because they know it’s a good time.”

Proceeds from the celebration will be used to support operations and programs that help families and individuals in the community.

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