On Saturday, June 11, Latino Network was featured on the Rose Festival Foundation’s float.
Youth and parents marched in the Grand Floral Parade. It was an honor to be one of the floats representing the Latino communities here in Oregon.
“It is such a moving experience to see yourself as a Latino or Latina and to see your culture represented in the Rose Festival, which is the quintessential Portland experience,” said Carmen Rubio, Executive Director. “It was an important moment for us as an organization, and we were proud to be able to represent our community members and culture.”
The float featured youth from our Ballet Folklorico and Zumba groups accompanied by local renowned mariachi singer Edna Vazquez y Mariachi de Oro.
The Ballet Folklorico program teaches youth ages 7-18 the traditional Mexican folkloric dances. The group is called Corazones Alegres, which means Joyful Hearts. They have performed at Noche Bella, at El Grito, and at the Cinco de Mayo Waterfront Festival. Parents from our family Zumba class also walked in the parade, led by instructor Gisella Contreras.
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