October 18, 2012
By Ms. Susanne Kappler (Jackson)
Capt. Carolina Cruz, center, a native of Colombia, performs a Colombian folklore dance with a group at the Hispanic American Heritage Month celebration Saturday at Patriot Park. The festival, which was hosted by the Soldier Support Institute, featured...
Carlos Flores Vizcarra, the consul general of Mexico in Raleigh, N.C., addresses the crowd.
Charlotte Salsa dancers Wendy and Rodrigo Jimenez demonstrate
a slow samba during the festival.
Members of the group Talento Oculto perform at the festival. The group played reggeaton and bachata music. Other performers at the event included DJ Fred Melendez, Zumba Fitness with Amy C., and merengue
The bongos of percussionist Frank Vila are adorned with the Puerto Rican flag. Vila performed with Caribe Vibe Tropical Band.
Soldiers line up to taste some of the Hispanic food for sale at the event. Traditional items such as empanadas and pasteles were available.