Not only is September a time for fall festivals, it’s also a time to appreciate the contributions of Hispanic Americans. The historic town of Wickenburg, Arizona celebrated its 30th annual Fiesta de Septiembre on Saturday, September 1, 2018 to kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially begins on September 15.
Fiesta de Septiembre attendees enjoyed music and dance performances, as well as sampling and voting for their favorite guacamole, salsa, and margarita.
Led by Director Larry Carrillo, the Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria entertained the audience with dance performances from many different regions in Mexico. As the applause testified, the dancers are quite accomplished and have performed for audiences across the USA, as well as internationally, charming viewers with varied costumes and choreography. According to Mr Carrillo, one of the awards they are most proud of is representing Arizona at the Okayama International Festival in Japan.
The Mariachi Azteca de Oro band thrilled the audience with their passionate vocals and instrumental performances. Wearing charro costumes and playing violins, trumpets, and guitars, the band members entertained attendees with several songs.
Hispanic Heritage Month Origins
Official Hispanic Heritage celebrations began in America in 1968 when Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the first week-long celebration honoring the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. In 1988, President Ronald Regan signed the law that established the National Hispanic Heritage Month, running September 15 through October 15 each year.
Take a moment to watch this video from ASU students on dispelling Hispanic stereotypes. Be sure and check out what Hispanic Heritage events are happening in your area. Here’s a list of Hispanic Heritage events in Phoenix.