Community celebrates Mexicoís Independence|
by Mary Atkinson · September 25, 2013
Sunday's wet weather didn't stop West Liberty's Hispanic residents from celebrating Mexico's Independence Day, as well as raise money for St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
The Eighth Annual Latino Festival was moved to the activity center at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, where hundreds attended to eat, play games, dance and visit with one another from 2 to 7 p.m.
Kids and adults alike were entertained by the popular "Lu y sus Munequitas," a bilingual children's group who engaged the audience with fun and games. Music for dancing and listening enjoyment was also provided.
While some believe May 5, or Cinco de Mayo, is Mexico's Independence Day, itís actually meant to commemorate the cause of freedom during the beginning of the American Civil War by Mexican-Americans.
The real date for independence in Mexico is Sept. 16. Accordingly, the festival is set up around the date to honor the event and Mexican heritage.
The Latino Festival has become popular with the community since its inception years ago.