Latin American festival under way at Hanna Park

By WKTV News

The Mohawk Valley Latino Association is proud to present the 9th annual Latin American Festival at Hanna Park.

The association collaborated with the NAACP of Utica and also the local chapter of the American Heart Association's "Have Faith in Heart," Go Red campaign.

There was music, food and Latin dancing, closer to the heart, the theme was community and family.

Latino's have quite a bit of history in the region, and that's reason to celebrate.

Tony Colon, president of the Mohawk Valley Latin Association said, " Latinos in this community have been here for many, many years. not just with the 1950 migration. We have been part of Central New York for hundreds of years dating back to the Revolutionary War."

A long history and a growing population.

Colon said the latest census numbers show a growth of 22 percent.

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