AFTER A WEEK OF TORRENTIAL RAINS, the sun broke through to a perfect Saturday afternoon in Northfield.
In this picturesque, historic Minnesota river town, people gathered to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the public library. And what a celebration.
Dancing centered the event as colorfully-costumed dancers entertained the crowd in this community tagged as the place of cows, colleges & contentment.
On this Saturday, it was also a city celebrating the culture of its Hispanic residents.
Giving us all a snapshot of this beautiful culture woven into our Minnesota communities.
I appreciate any opportunity to learn more about another culture. If I’ve observed one thing about those of Hispanic heritage, it’s the importance of family and of being together.
I also love the bright colors of this culture as noted in flags and costumes.
Attending this event simply made me happy with the vivid costumes.
Upbeat, thrumming music.
Wide smiles. All bring joy.
From the dancing
to the hands-on art
to the vendors
to the food trucks and more, I felt immersed in the Hispanic culture for an afternoon.
Right there in the heart of Northfield. The celebration continues into October.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
I love the Hispanic festivals in the South too, though we don’t have so many in Oklahoma, Texas is just a hop,skip and jump away, and those gatherings are fantastic. The food is always wonderful, but I think I love the dancing and the music best! It’s so happy and joyful!
Happy and joyful fit precisely.
Family is so very important to the Hispanics and the above event is a taste of our winter experience in “Deep South Texas”.
Well, then you are experiencing a wonderful winter with all those opportunities to experience the Hispanic culture.
Oh, most definitely and Tom and I treasure that time spent in the RGV.
Now THATS a colorful post 🙂
It is. Loved photographing this celebration.
Audrey- I think maybe I am a bit behind on your blogs. I need to stop in Northfield one of my trips you always have cool things posted about there. I am in Wabasha today and found this is a unexpected gem. Our state offers so much variety in landscapes and cultures and roots I just love that I still haven’t discovered everything. Thanks for sharing yet another cool thing about Northfield.
I love Northfield. And Wabasha. Type Wabasha or Northfield into my blog search engine to find the many posts I’ve written about each of these Minnesota communities. Enjoy your visit back home.
I loved Wabasha!!!! Although those shops are a bit addictive.😬
I hope you took time to tour the National Eagle Center between shopping. I forgot to mention LARK Toys just down the highway in Kellogg. It features a hand-carved carousel and toys, plus a bookstore, vintage toy collection, mini golf, ice cream and more.
Unfortunately the eagle center was not open when I was there. Plus I want to save that to tour when my hubby is along. Thanks for your suggestions I will add them to a now growing list of to do next time.
Sounds like a plan. Minnesota offers so much, if only we look for it. Especially in our smaller communities.
Your photos have captured their spirit, love of culture, zest for music and colorful attire.
Beautiful photos – you captured the spirit and the love in all of these photographs. I love seeing the bright colors and the smiles. Perfect celebration.
Thank you. It was truly an event that left me smiling from arrival to departure.
Ooh that looks like fun and more fun sampling all of the food trucks!
It was fun. Next year I need to go hungry. I’ve previously eaten food from Nora’s Cuisine and loved it.
I assume there may be more events in NF to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Colorful photos!
There certainly are, Valerie. Just not as big as this initial kick-off.