Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic Americans in North America. From concerts to activities, this month has been hot, hot, hot! This tradition started in 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the week of September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week to commemorate the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on September 15 and Mexico’s independence on September 16.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the period of observance to a month-long celebration, from September 15 to October 15, to honor the cultures and traditions of Americans with heritage tied to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
The Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City hotel and its staff were proud to celebrate this month with an exclusive VIP Dinner on October 27th. Congressman Tony Cardenas (6th district – San Fernando) attended and gave an opening speech about the importance of coming together as a minority to affect change.
The Latin Inspired Cuisine was one of the big highlights of the evening, but there was no shortage of musical entertainment with folklorico dancers and singers, as well as Mariachis to welcome guests into the wonderful celebration. See below a glimpse of the local entertainment that helps contribute to the cultural diversity within Los Angeles.
All attendees partied in true Latin style. It was a celebration to remember.