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|About||It is our pleasure to introduce the 24th Cincinnati Hispanic Festival an event that is organized to share with Cincinnati our cultural diversity, traditions and unite the two communities.|
|Mission||It is our pleasure to introduce the 24th Cincinnati Hispanic Festival an event that is organized to share with Cincinnati our cultural diversity, traditions and unite the two communities.|
The 24st Cincinnati Hispanic Fest is coming soon - September 9 & 10.This is the parish festival of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Carthage. It is managed and staffed exclusively by volunteers and its proceeds are used solely for the benefit of the Catholic Hispanic community in Cincinnati. Last year 20,000 visitors enjoyed food, entertainment, Hispanic culture and much more.
The first festival was celebrated back in 1994 at St. Aloysius Church in Elmwood Place. At that time the Catholic Hispanic community in Cincinnati celebrated mass there at 2:00 on Sunday afternoons. On Sunday September 11, that first festival was held in the small parking lot between the church and the former school building. It began after the mass that day and lasted just a couple of hours, featuring a couple a groups making food and entertainment provided by community members.
The festival remained small and low key until 1997, when the community moved to their new home at St. Charles Borromeo Church. There the festival was able to expand in a much larger parking lot space. A raised stage was added, with a dancing area in front. The variety food choices diversified, with community members from different countries featuring their native specialties. The popularity of the festival grew and began to receive some notoriety outside of the church community. It received the Cincinnati Enquirer's "Good Taste" Award in 2000. In 2002 the festival began crowning a Festival Queen.
Each year the crowds continued to grow. The festival expanded to the parking space at Su Casa across the street from the church, but even that was not enough to prevent the event from becoming overcrowded. The surrounding neighborhood was being disrupted. Parking became such a major headache that a shuttle service from parking spaces of nearby businesses was set up. By 2004 it was clear that a bigger space was needed.
|Awards||Cincinnati Enquirer's "Good Taste" Award in 2000|
|Founded||September 11, 1994|