National Hispanic Heritage Month In Texoma

This is National Hispanic Heritage month and in Texoma the Latino community will be showcasing a variety of events all month long to celebrate their histories and cultures.

The month of celebration kicks off with the Jamiaca event on September 18th, celebrating 200 years of Mexico's independence.

For 66 years the Latino community in Wichita Falls has been putting on Jamaica, an event in celebration of Mexico's Independence Day held at the Iglesia Catolica Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

"Hispanic Heritage Month has kicked off with this here, we're celebrating Mexico's independence our bicentennial 2010 we're celebrating that with our annual 16 de Septiembre which is the 16th of September fiesta," said Paul Rodriguez, Local Latino Leader.

Paul Rodriguez was born and raised in Wichita Falls and expressed what being Latino in Texoma means to him.

"I think its invigorating to know other Latinos here in Wichita Falls have a lot of the same ideals a lot of the same goals and a lot of the same opportunities together," said Rodriguez.

But Rodriguez wants to make sure all of Texoma is there to partake in the celebration.

"It's important so we can celebrate our culture not only for the Mexican people that are here in town, or Mexican American people here in town, but also for the community as a whole to come out and enjoy different cultures, different food and different entertainment," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez says you can expect traditional dances, great food and tons of games for people of all ages.  There are more events planned for National Hispanic Heritage Month in Texoma.

For more information, visit the community calendar section on our web site.

Samantha Jordán, Newschannel 6