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Celebrate Fiestas Patrias at Greenbelt Cultural Center

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Celebrate independence for Mexico, Honduras and other Central American countries at Fiestas Patrias, a free event for all ages from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.

Enjoy live music and dance performances, and a variety of activities for kids and families.

Headlining the entertainment is the mariachi band Perla de Mexico performing at 2:45 p.m. The entertainment lineup also includes singer Isaac Zire, Honduran dancers and marimba music, folkloric dance performances, raffles and historic re-enactments. Special guest Erasmo Montalvan, Consulate General of Honduras in Chicago, will speak.

Event activities for kids and families include nature exploration, face painting and Hula-Hoop contests with prizes. Authentic Hispanic foods and beverages will be available for purchase. The event is presented by the Greenbelt Cultural Center and sponsored by Great Lakes Credit Union.

Fiestas Patrias commemorates Father Miguel Hidalgo's cry for independence from Spain on Sept. 16, 1810, and is celebrated in Mexico like the Fourth of July is celebrated in the United States.

The Greenbelt Cultural Center festival also celebrates the birthday of Francisco Morazán, a popular Honduran leader who was born in 1792.

The Greenbelt Cultural Center is at 1215 Green Bay Road, south of Belvidere Road, in North Chicago. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating. The event will be held indoors if there is rain.

For details about Fiestas Patrias, call (847) 968-3477.

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