The sold-out third annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration last Friday at the Patchogue Theater was a night to remember for revelers.
After going virtual last year, the Greater Patchogue Chamber’s Latino Leadership Council came back swinging and took its festival to a whole new level.
Attendees enjoyed a free, immersive cultural experience that included salsa music, dance performances, singing, and more — all representing different Hispanic countries.
Some of the acts included Mila Tina, Sol Y Sombra, Angels2Earth, Danfosal of NY, TUMI, Mariano Cersa, and La Elegancia de la Salsa.
Javier Kinghorn, president of the Latino Leadership Council, said the Latino community that makes up one-third of Patchogue’s population is both a cultural and economic “force to be reckoned with,” one he hopes both Latinos and non-Latinos recognize when attending this event.
He also emphasized the importance of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration being all-inclusive, which allows individual Latino groups and non-Latinos to celebrate under one roof.
“As I see it, we’re going to be sold out every year because this is finally picking up steam, and the attention and respect it deserves,” said Kinghorn. “We want to take this to a different level and at some point make this kind of like the Latin Grammys.”
Scroll down below for photos from Friday night’s event.