Festival is first but not last celebration of Latino heritage



By Cynthia Price

Latinos Working for the Future has found a number of ways to spread the word to the Muskegon community about the Latin/x heritage since the organization began in 1991, and last Saturday saw a new downtown celebration that drew people together for fun and culture.

The Inaugural Muskegon County Latino Festival was bright, musical, and active. It paid  both directly and indirectly to the tireless Connie Navarro, founder of Latinos Working for the Future.

Her daughter, Angelita Valdez, was one of three organizers of the well-attended festival; the other two were Ana Olson and Elizabeth Briseno. Comments on the event’s Facebook page were all positive, and people said that they could not wait until next year.

In the meantime, people are encouraged to attend a performance by Ballet Nepantla of Valentina, about the resilience of women during Revolutionary Mexico, on Sept. 18 at the Frauenthal. For tickets, visit frauenthal.org.

Latinos Working for the Future will next meet again on Oct. 14 from 6-7 p.m. at Los Amigos Restaurant on Sherman. For more, see their Facebook page.