WASHINGTON, D.C. (7News) — D.C.'s Latino population is the fastest-growing ethnic group in the city, growing by 28% in 2020. There are now more than 80,000 Latinos living in D.C., which accounts for 11% of the population. Throw in Maryland and Virginia, and there are more than a million Latinos in this region.
The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs is focusing on preserving and promoting the city’s Latino culture during Hispanic Heritage Month, adopting the name “El Distrito de Cultura," the District of Culture.
Throughout the month, the office plans to host three pop-up events in different parts of the city. The pop-ups will lead to the city’s staple Hispanic Heritage Month events: the 50th Fiesta D.C. Festival and Fiesta DC Parade on Sept. 24-25. The two-day event is considered the largest Latino festival in the DMV.
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A chance to feel the rhythm, experience all the flare and of course get a taste of Latin America and its representation here in the District of Columbia. This weekend will include amazing foods from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Everything from Salvadoran pupusas to Chilean empanadas. D.C.’s Hispanic Heritage Month will end with a special celebration called “El Noche Cultural” or Culture Night on Oct. 15 at the Cardazo Education Campus. The Latino Affairs office will be celebrating its 46th anniversary.
Below is a breakdown of what you can expect each day:
Thursday, Sept 22
SAVOR THE NIGHT
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 800 17th St NW, 12th FI, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept 23
Teatro de la Luna La Cosecha, 1280 4th St NE, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 24
FIESTA DE FESTIVAL
Fiesta DC, Pennsylvania Avenue NW & 14th St NW, 11 a.m.
Sunday, Sept 25
FIESTA DC PARADE
Fiesta DC, Constitution Ave NW & 7th St NW, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept 27
DISTRITO DE CULTURA POP UP
Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, 1858 Columbia Rd NW, 6 p.m.