Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Embracing & celebrating the Hispanic Heritage in Northfield September 14, 2019


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.


Art on the back of the portable stage.





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


Sunlight filters through the colored tents, casting an orange hue onto young artists.



The art tents.


to the hands-on art




The candy table


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


21 Responses to “Embracing & celebrating the Hispanic Heritage in Northfield”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    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!

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    Family is so very important to the Hispanics and the above event is a taste of our winter experience in “Deep South Texas”.

  3. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    Now THATS a colorful post 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. Susan Ready Says:

    Your photos have captured their spirit, love of culture, zest for music and colorful attire.

  6. 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.

  7. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    Ooh that looks like fun and more fun sampling all of the food trucks!

  8. valeriebollinger Says:

    I assume there may be more events in NF to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Colorful photos!

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