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Latino Fest returns to downtown Hillsboro Sunday, rain or shine

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Huitzilin Cultural Group will perform in the Civic Center Plaza from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. As Hillsboro’s Latino population grows so does the city’s Latino Cultural Festival.

This year’s celebration in downtown Hillsboro is the 12th annual affair and promises to be bigger than ever, says Cindy Crowder, director of special events for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

The Latino Cultural Festival takes place on Sunday, April 24, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s activities and vendor booths will stretch down Main Street between First and Third avenues, with the main entertainment stage set up on the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza.

Business exhibitors, food vendors, and activities — including a bounce house and craft station — for the entire family will offer a wealth of Latino history and culture.

To kick-off the event, children from Hillsboro elementary schools will parade down the street beginning at noon, dressed in costumes from countries across Central and South America.

And back by popular demand, the ornamented Huitzilin Cultural Group (Aztec dancers) will lead the parade.HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Colorful costumed dancers from Huitzilin Cultural Group will lead the kick-off parade down Main Street Sunday at 12:15 p.m.

Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council will host a craft booth, as well as live Cuban entertainment. Crowder said about 100 businesses are signed on to participate in the festival. Raffles will be held at intervals throughout the day.

Additionally, a variety of dancers, singers, and performers will showcase their talents on the main stage throughout the afternoon. An all-ages futsal tournament will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The futsal tournament is organized by M&M Marketplace.

The event is family friendly and free for all ages. Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Crowder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..