A personal tradition at the Mexican Independence Day Festival

September 17, 2018

By Staff

Laura Ríos, 18, took the front of the stage, as she swirled to a folkloric Mexican rhythm with seven other dancers. Waving her skirt like a huge flag, the Philly-born millennial says she’s “owned” her roots since she was 8 years old, when her mother encouraged her to take dancing lessons at the Folklórico Yaretzi studio.

“You can own it, because you can express your traditions to other people, and make them feel happy, because you remind them of their home and their culture — what they are used to seeing and being a part of,” she said Sunday about her parents’ heritage.

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