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New Orleans Premier Multicultural Magazine 

 

Publisher's Note

Amid a pandemic and all uncertainty, many of us have realized how necessary the arts are to keep our sanity. The national observance of Hispanic Heritage Month was felt throughout the city of New Orleans with many organizations mentioning it and many events featuring part of the Latino culture.

We at VIVA NOLA were able to utilize our audiovisual resources and great relationships with partners and sponsors to create the first VIVA NOLA Fest, a virtual celebration to showcase a variety of local talent including folkloric Mexican dances by Ballet Folklorico Vive Mi Tierra, Mexican songs by Madison Guzman, tango and milonga performance by Maureen and Carlos, Latin rhythms by Fermín Ceballos and Merengue-4 Four, a poem declamation by Daniela Bello, a saxophone performance by Alex Canales, a cooking demonstration by Chef Wilfredo Avelar, and a reggaeton performance by Deco Martinez.

I’m humbled by this experience! The support we received to put this virtual festival together was incredible, so I want to thank our sponsors Cada Insurance, Carnaval Latino, Jefferson Parish, Fidelity Bank P.O.W.E.R., Delta Personnel, Delta Administrative Services, Thelma Ceballos Meyers State Farm Insurance, The Hispanic Apostolate, Fox 8 News, Romi Gonzalez and Associates, GEICO Insurance Agent Allen Boudreaux and WLAE-TV. 

Our community came together to celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage and we are so excited to have been able to feature so many talented artists and the hard-working business owners who also supported us by donating gifts from their shops and restaurants such as Cristy Cali, Espíritu Mezcalería, NOLA Sports Center, El Paso Metairie, MIA Boutique, Passport Polish, Miel Brewery, Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco, Los Jefes Grill, and Cuentacuento by Andrea Olatunji. You can still see the event on our YOUTUBE channel and Facebook Page. You can also catch it on Fox8live.com/espanol and the access channel for Jefferson Parish.

There is no doubt that Latin American culture belongs in such a vibrant, joyous region. That’s why we celebrate diversity every day. VIVA NOLA!

AnaMaria