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North Bergen hosts festivities for Hispanic Heritage Month

The highlight will be a parade through the township on Oct. 3

Marchers head down Bergenline during the Hispanic State Parade of New Jersey in North Bergen in 2019. Photo by Art Schwartz

North Bergen will host a slew of events for Hispanic Heritage Month, through Oct. 15, Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Township Commissioners have announced.

North Bergen’s robust Hispanic population has contributed to society through their talents, culture, and traditions. The township will support the celebration of rich cultural traditions and significant achievements of the Hispanic and Latin American communities through a number of events in September and October.

While COVID-19 prevented many in-person events for Hispanic Heritage Month last year, this year the township and library are hosting a wealth of activities online and in person, including dance classes and performances, concerts, crafts, and movies.

The month’s events are in full swing. A Special Adult Book Club via zoom for “Of Woman and Salt” by Gabriela Garcia was held on Sept. 15, and a Children’s Latin Dance Class by Oneida’s Dance Studio on Sept 18.

Upcoming events

On Sept. 21, the township hosted Taco Tuesday and an outdoor showing of the movie “Coco” at 6:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Branch Library parking lot at 2123 Kennedy Blvd.

Oneida’s Dance Studio will perform a Flamenco and Salsa Showcase on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library parking lot at 8411 Bergenline Avenue.

The Museum of Latin American Art will hold a zoom event on Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.

A “Flamenco Flavor” outdoor concert will be held on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Main Library parking lot.

On Sept. 29, an Adult Latin Dance Class will be held at the Main Library parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

Another Taco Tuesday and an outdoor movie showing of “The Book of Life” will be held on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library parking lot.

Among the highlights of the month is the annual Hispanic Parade of New Jersey, beginning at 1 p.m. on Oct. 3 at 80th Street in North Bergen and proceeding down Bergenline Avenue.

Wrapping up the month’s festivities is a family concert featuring 123 Andrés on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Main Library parking lot.

The final event will be a bilingual family concert featuring Baila Baila on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library parking lot.

During the entire month, special take-home craft kits are available for free at any library branch. The crafts, themed for Hispanic Heritage Month, can be picked up on Mondays until Oct. 4 at the Main Library, the Kennedy Branch, and the Guttenberg Resource Center at the Galaxy Towers Mall at 7002 Blvd East.

For more information, go to nbpl.org/calendar or northbergen.org.

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