Utica Latino Festival celebrates variety of cultures

The Mohawk Valley Latino Association held its annual Latino American Festival on Sunday at Hanna Park outside of Utica's City Hall on Sunday.

Posted: Aug 26, 2018 10:19 PM

Utica, NY - The Mohawk Valley Latino Association held its annual Latino American Festival on Sunday at Hanna Park outside of Utica's City Hall on Sunday.

Mohawk Valley Latino Association President Sonia Martinez said this day is filled with pride.

Hugo Acosta, President of CNY Latino, was also in attendance.

Acosta said although everyone here speaks Spanish, it is still quite a diverse crowd. 

"It’s very interesting because the Latino culture is really several cultures within," he said. "The people from Puerto Rico are different from the people from Cuba, are different from the Dominican Republic, with respect to different things that have to do with music, art, culture and stuff like that and if you go to South America it’s even more of a difference, even their accent or the way they talk in Spanish is completely different."

There was food from a variety of Latino cultures available for purchase.

Some were playing in a domino tournament run by CNY Latino and its president, Hugo Acosta, who said domino tournaments are really popular at Latino festivals all over the country. 

"Dominoes is a very popular Latino game, it is very big in the Caribbean hispanic islands, Puerto Rico, Dominica Republic and Cuba. Sometimes it gets very personal, people get all hyped up and sometimes it’s just peaceful, especially retirees, elderly seniors, they just want to kill time."

Killing time wasn't the theme here though, it was more about celebrating Latin culture here in the Mohawk Valley.

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