Fiesta shows Latino Culture in DeKalb

By Katie Charland

Latino heritage pride brought vendors and dancing to downtown DeKalb this weekend.

Conexion Comunidad hosted its annual fiesta Saturday.

“It’s a great event,” said Dan Kennui, 59, of DeKalb, with a smile on his face as he looked around at the people gathered together at the Van Buer Plaza in downtown DeKalb. “It brings the community together.”

Conexion Comunidad is a nonprofit organization that offers resources for the Latino community. Vendors and nonprofit booths came out to help support the event, which raised money for Conexion Comunidad.

There were also games, a bouncy house for the kids and food like Tinez Tacos, Gallegos Snow Cones and Chamoy apples.

One vendor, Claudia Garcia, was selling crafts, bags and Chamoy apples.

“Chamoy is a Mexican sauce, not very spicy, more sour,”

Garcia said.

One of the performances was by Conexion Comunidad’s ballet dancers, Rayitos del Sol, who performed dances for the people who came out to enjoy the festivities.

Kristina Garcia, Conexion Comunidad executive director, said it was the fourth annual fiesta that took place downtown and the 10th annual event overall for the organization. She said about 300 people were at the event.

Garcia said the event was a great way to see Latino heritage.