Festival Hispano returns to Millsboro with new organizer

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Members of the Citlali dance group perform in the Children’s Area at the 2014 Festival Hispano. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

MILLSBORO – The 21st Annual Festival Hispano will take on a new twist, with La Esperanza community center taking over its management and organization.

The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 9, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Millsboro Little League Complex, located on State Street in Millsboro.

Festival Hispano is free for the whole family.

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“La Esperanza is proud and excited to take over the organization of this popular festival,” said La Esperanza Board President Charlie Burton. “The event will give our clients a personal stake in ways to celebrate their rich Hispanic culture, while ensuring it’s an even more fun attraction for the entire community.”

Since 1994, Festival Hispano has been organized by the nonprofit arts organization El Centro Cultural.

Among the longtime organizers has been Allison Burris Castellanos, who said  El Centro Cultural needed to hand over event management to larger organization that also had deep roots in the community.

“La Esperanza was the perfect choice for us,” she added.

In the works for the one-day festival are dance and music performances by local Hispanic groups and artists, plenty of activities for children, and, of course, everyone’s favorite Mexican and Latin American cuisine.

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Jose Calderon serves a helping of Salvadorian cuisne at Cafe Pupuseria Dona Maria at the 2014 Festival Hispano. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

Businesses or organizations interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor for this highly visible festival can still reserve space. Sponsors reach thousands of Hispanic residents from all over Delaware as the well-attended event offers plenty of opportunity for the promotion of business or services.

Booths will be set up where attendees may acquire information and learn about various services in the area pertaining to Hispanics or people who work with Hispanics.

La Esperanza expects more than 5,000 people will attend the festival.

Founded in 1996, La Esperanza is the only multi-service nonprofit organization in Southern Delaware dedicated to providing support, advocacy, and services to assist in the assimilation and advancement of Hispanic communities. The organization’s mission is to empower immigrants and help them integrate into the community as productive and contributing members of Sussex County, Delaware.

“As the organizer of Festival Hispano, La Esperanza plans to reach and inspire more people — from all walks of life — to appreciate and enjoy the tremendous diversity of Sussex County’s Hispanic cultural heritage,” said Mr. Burton.

For more information about the Festival Hispano, visit elcentrocultural.org.

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