Wednesday, September 16, 2009


The City of Indianapolis, in accordance with National
Hispanic Heritage Month, will participate in several events from
September 15 to October 15 to highlight Hispanic culture and
achievements throughout Indianapolis.

"National Hispanic Heritage Month is an excellent opportunity to
highlight the perseverance of our Hispanic neighbors," said Mayor Greg
Ballard. "I'm excited about the many events taking place throughout the
city, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities to
learn more about Hispanic culture."

Several festivities will take place during this time that celebrate
Hispanic culture and highlight the special contributions that Hispanic
have made to Indianapolis and the nation.

"Indianapolis is home to one of the Midwest's largest Hispanic
populations, so we are very proud to participate in this annual
observance of Hispanic culture and contributions," said Carolin Requiz
Smith, Director of the Mayor's Office of International & Cultural

Schedule of Events:

Mexican Independence Day Ceremony
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Garfield Park
11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
* Organizers will commemorate the official independence of Mexico from
Spain with a historical reenactment.

La Plaza's Fiesta Indianapolis
Saturday, September 19, 2009
American Legion Mall
Noon to Midnight
* This premier Latino cultural celebration in Indiana is held every
third Saturday of September at the American Legion Mall in downtown
Indianapolis. Attended by approximately 30,000 people, this family
event is free to the public.

Mayor's Latino Breakfast
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
* Latino community leaders from across Indianapolis and central Indiana
will discuss various issues facing Latinos as well as discuss
opportunities available to Latino business owners, educators, leaders,
and not-for-profits.

Latino Film Festival
September 25th
Indianapolis Museum of Art
* Friday night, SADCO (Sociedad de Amigos de Colombia) celebrates its
25th anniversary with a film and visit from Pepe Vargas, Founder and
Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center of
Chicago and Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

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