The Fiestas Patrias Parade took over Downtown Wichita Falls on Saturday morning to kick off a two week celebration of Mexico's independence.
For yet another year our Lady of Guadalupe Church kicked off Hispanic Heritage month. Right at 10 o'clock the parade began moving down Indiana and Scott streets. The voices, music, and beliefs of the Mexican community echoed in every corner.
"We do it because we want to keep our traditions for our children, our grandchildren and just keep this so we can never forget our background and where we come from," said Benita Garcia, a committee member of Fiestas Patrias.
For Texoma Latinos, this parade accomplishes so much more. Garcia said, part of keeping the Mexican heritage alive is supporting other cultures in Texoma. That's why the parade welcomed Texomans of any race and religion to showcase their organization, business or school.
"It's really really cool because I'm not just learning about my culture. I'm learning about different cultures and what they like to look like. I like to see the floats and how different people design their floats," said Victoria Garcia, a resident of Wichita Falls.
However, parade volunteers hope everyone learned something new about the Mexican community.
"I want them to know that we are very excited people, we have a lot to give. Our children are very smart and a lot of the Hispanics know two languages because we try to enforce the Spanish language on them. We love this country but we still want to keep our culture," said Garcia.
The parade is also a fundraiser for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.