Malden Celebrates 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month With The North Shore Hispanic Association Festival
Malden, MA: Recently, the North Shore Hispanic Association (NSHA) hosted the Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Malden High School Courtyard. The event celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a tribute to Latin culture featuring a night out with dancing, traditional cuisine, and local community groups. The event began with a "Grand Entrance" which included all performers and groups dressed in traditional clothing and honoring the flags of their different countries.
Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15th - October 15th in the United States which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
This year's celebration was made possible in partnership with the Malden Cultural Council. NSHA President Gladys Rivera Rogers said, "Our success and ability to celebrate our cultural diversity and contributions to our community relies on the Malden Cultural Council and their support."
The performers for the evening had the audience and supporters dancing under the stars. Venezuelan-born bachata singer and musician Alexander Faria of Boston was the special guest performer. Instructors from Malden’s own Muevelo Dance Studio were on hand to teach Bachata and Salsa lessons. Other festival vendors served Latin cuisine and showcased the growing diversity of the North Shore.
“I was so proud to support the North Shore Hispanic Association as they celebrated their heritage on September 20th. The diverse community we share together is what makes our MALDEN so fabulous,”said At- Large Councillor Debbie DeMaria, who along with fellow Councillor Stephen Winslow were sponsors of the festival.
Mayor Gary Christenson, also a sponsor, attended the event and joined the City Councillors in recognizing all the amazing contributions to our community by the growing Hispanic and Latino populations. “What made the 2019 North Shore Hispanic Association’s (NSHA) Festival such a great event was not just the food, music or dance but rather it was how they were able to bring our community together. It’s these types of events that help us share traditions and learn about the different cultures that make up our great City. I couldn’t be more proud of the members of NSHA and their commitment to make this an annual event,” said Mayor Christenson.
This year’s celebration was sponsored in large part by the generosity of Malden Transportation, Inc. the Mayor and aforementioned At-Large Councillors, the El Potro Restaurant, Las Palmas Restaurant, Members Plus Credit Union, Horace B Rogers & Gallagher & Associates, Justice of the Peace Gladys Rivera Rogers.
The event was the result of the hard work of the North Shore Hispanic Association’s board and members. The NSHA team is comprised of President Gladys Rivera Rogers, Treasurer Christina VillaFranca, Clerk Emily Rivera and board members: Karen Hayes Colón, Marguerita Restrepo, Michael Pina and Elena Martinez.
NSHA looks forward to continuing the annual event next year by celebrating and recognizing the accomplishments of those in their community with an even greater festival.
The North Shore Hispanic Association appreciates the generous support of the Malden Cultural Council and our sponsors.
Non-profits in attendance: - Bread of Life
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- Comite de Hondurenos Unidos de Massachusetts
- Department of Children and Families
- Friends of the Malden River
- Friends of Oak Grove, Inc (FOOGI)
- Mass. Senior Action Council
- Sowing Opportunities, Inc.
Vendors: - Acoma Art
- Eliza Jewelry and More
- Emmanuel Baptist Church
- Ginny Remedi Designs: Jewels for the Journey
- Pajamas for Kids