French Market to host inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration this September

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - For the first time, the French Market will host a festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this September.

The French Market has partnered with Ecos Latinos to host the inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the French Market on Sept. 17.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the U.S. for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans.

Here in New Orleans, organizers say this event will celebrate by featuring Hispanic and Latino cultural programming, curated food booths and family activities.

Ecos Latinos is an organization that helps educate audiences about Latin American culture through performances and documentaries. For the festival, Ecos Latinos will curate a full day of programming representing five countries.

“Collaborating with the French Market for the Hispanic Heritage Festival has been a pleasure, due to the market’s rich cultural history and our city’s centuries-long legacy of contributions by its Hispanic citizens,” Ecos Latinos founder Carlos Valladares said in a release. “Diversity, culture and richness is what New Orleans is all about…come and join us at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration with live music and food.”

The celebration will also feature flavors from Hispanic and Latino counties for sale by six local restaurants. The festival food lineup includes dishes such as Numada with Oxtails with white rice salad and plantains (oxtails cooked with curry garlic coconut sauce including potatoes and carrots with white rice fried plantains and cabbage salad); Ju Saporito with Pastelitos de Carne Molida (ground beef, rice, and potato wrapped in maseca topped with red cabbage, pico de gallo and salsa); and La Milpa with Pupusas and Yuca Fries.

Here’s the performance schedule for the festival:

  • 11 a.m.: Julio & Cesar Duo, representing Guatemala
  • Noon: Aquarela 4tet, representing Brazil
  • 1 p.m.: Alexis Guevara and Son Mandão, representing Cuba
  • 2 p.m.: Arpa, with Angel Rios and Bodoma Garifuna Connection, representing Honduras
  • 3 p.m.: Merengue 4, representing the Dominican Republic

“We are thrilled to partner with the Ecos Latinos to bring the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration to the French Market. The French Market serves as a cultural hub for the City, not only for events, but through our vibrant community of vendors and shop owners from around the world that proudly represent New Orleans. What better way to celebrate our cultural diversity than to host culture bearers at our site to share their stories,” Jeremy Smith, French Market marketing director, said in a release.

Organizers say the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration honors the people, traditions, and achievements, of the Hispanic and Latino communities in New Orleans. The festival is free and open to the public. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For full festival details visit the French Market’s website, FrenchMarket.org.

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