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First Hispanic Heritage Festival kicks off in Katy

September 24, 2018

Get ready to travel.

The first annual Hispanic Heritage Festival is coming to the Katy area and travelers will have the chance to visit 19 different Spanish-speaking countries.

“We have celebrated Hispanic Heritage month for five years at Central Green” said Yvonne Arceneaux, Central Green Parks Manager. “However, this is our first festival. We are featuring 19 (Spanish)-speaking countries and Puerto Rico.”

The free family event is scheduled to take place at Central Green at La Centerra Commercial Center Blvd. on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The kids are going to get a passport and they going to go walk around to each country to learn a little bit about each one,” she said.

The festival will feature the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina and many others.

Hosted by Willow Fork Drainage District, the festival will also feature music, face painting, dances and door prizes.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, with roots that date back to the 1960s, begins each year on Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15. The month is a celebration of the achievements of Latinos throughout history.

For five years the celebration at Central Green was more like a big party, with bands and music, Arceneaux said. This year, she hopes to educate the community about the diverse culture in the Katy area, she said.

“Central Green is wonderful; on any given night, you can walk around, and you hear eight different languages being spoken,” she said. “We have a majority of Hispanic representation in our community. I felt it was important to give them a taste of home and celebrate their culture.”

Fort Bend County, where more than 760,000 people live, is home to about 24.5 percent Hispanic residents and Katy has about 30 percent Hispanic population, according to the United States Census Bureau. Waller County has roughly a 30 percent Hispanic population.

Central Green is a half-acre public park developed by Willow Fork Drainage District to serve as a central gathering space for Katy residents and visitors and is publicly owned and operated by the WWFD, according to information from the WWDD.

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