Celebrate Latin American culture, Mexican Independence Day this Saturday and Sunday this weekend

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The inaugural Community Celebration in 2016Woodburn is hosting its third annual Community Celebration. The event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, and takes place on the same weekend as Mexican Independence Day on September 16. The city also honors the independence day's of other Central and South American nations.

The Woodburn Community is invited to share the rich heritage of the Latin American culture, with live music, games and other family friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 15 and 16. Saturday will feature Reedy 300, Collectivo Son Jarocho de Portland, Rondalla, Acoustic Lens, and close with Dino y Los Rumberos. Chemeketa Community College's Salsa group will be performing in the evening and offering dance lessons.

Sunday will feature Ballet Folklorico, Rondalla, Woodburn Mariachi, kids games and prizes, and appearances from the Mexican Consulate and local elected officials. In honor of Mexican Independence a member of Woodburn Mariachi will sing both the Mexican and U.S. anthems during a flag ceremony. Attendees can learn about "El Grito," the Cry of Dolores, when a Mexican Roman Catholic priest rang his church bell in the small town of Dolores to signal the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.

Woodburn's Community Celebration is held in partnership with Chemeketa Community College. This year's sponsors include Republic Services, Oregon Health Marketplace, and Ezequiel Labor Contractor. If you have any questions about the Woodburn Community Event, please feel free to call at (503) 980-6320

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