The City of Daly City will host its 11th annual National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the War Memorial Community Center, 6655 Mission Street. The evening event festivities will kick-off with a welcoming Mexican and Caribbean- infused music performance by Cascada de Flores followed by opening remarks by Daly City Mayor Raymond L. Buenaventura and members of the City Council. The theme is Celebrating Hispanic Culture, Contributions and Achievements.
Consulate outreach, information tables, a vibrant line-up of cultural entertainment, children’s activities including face-painting and piñata fun are expected to be the top attractions at this year’s celebration. A pre-event bilingual story time will take place from 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with the main program beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Latin food vendor booths will be on hand for purchase of tapa-style Latin cuisine at a nominal cost. An array of activities are scheduled, including piñata fun for children.
In 1968, Congress passed a law for the observance of National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1989, following a request for an annual proclamation designating a 31-day period beginning September 15 and ending on October 15, the law was amended and National Hispanic Heritage Month was established. As part of this special observance, we also celebrate the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on September 15. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 50 million U.S. residents, or 16% of the total population are of Hispanic of Latino according to the Census 2010 report. In Daly City, 23.7 % or 23, 966 of Daly City's 101,123 residents reported being of Hispanic or Latino backgrounds.
The September 12 event is open to the public. Street parking and limited lot parking is available on Hillsdale Boulevard and Mission Streets, adjacent to the War Memorial Community. Guests are encouraged to use Hillside Boulevard entrance to the building.