Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month upcoming events

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month officially starts on September 15 and ends October 15. This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the long and important presence and contributions of Hispanic and Latino and Latina (Latinx) Americans in North America.

In line with Metro’s values of community building, shared learning, and increased understanding, employees are invited to participate in three interactive Lunch and Learn events celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month. These will be held on Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Oct. 1. For information about each event, click here.

In addition to participating in these Metro sponsored events, employees are also encouraged to attend community events throughout the month, including the annual Seattle Fiestas Patrias celebration. The two-day engagement puts the spotlight on Brazilian, Mexican, Honduran, Guatemalan, Chilean and Costa Rican communities in the Pacific Northwest and features folkloric dance and musical performances, authentic cuisine and children’s activities

Celebrations will be held Sept. 15 in South Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Seattle Center noon to 9 p.m. and Sept. 16 at Seattle Center from noon to 6 p.m. Additional information will be coming soon about how to join Metro and King County in the South Park parade.

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is observed in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because Sept. 15 marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after, on Sept. 16, 18 and 21, respectively.

For more information contact Anita Whitfield or Penny Lara.