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Latino-American Festival draws community to Nashua church

NASHUA – The Latino-American Festival drew about 500 people to the parking lot of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church on Sunday afternoon, regardless of some rainy weather.

“It’s a fundraiser for the church, but also I want the community to be aware of who we are … we are a community of one although we are many cultures,” said the Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres. ...

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NASHUA – The Latino-American Festival drew about 500 people to the parking lot of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Church on Sunday afternoon, regardless of some rainy weather.

“It’s a fundraiser for the church, but also I want the community to be aware of who we are … we are a community of one although we are many cultures,” said the Rev. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres.

“We try to make people aware we don’t have to be afraid of each other,” Gonzalez-Torres said. “The ‘Tree Streets’ can be a wonderful place to be.”

Between parishioners and the Caribbean Tropical Point restaurant, the Latino-American Festival offered a range of cuisine. Booths featured food from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador and Kenya.

The Caribbean Tropical Point Restaurant and Bar, which like the church is located on West Hollis Street, served food from the Dominican Republic.

Dishes included
empanadas, tacos, tamales, flautas, quesadillas, churros, sausages and hot dogs, fruits and pastries, snow cones and horchata.

Aside from food, other booths included the Nashua Public Library, local Cub Scouts and jewelry vendors.

Tropical Point was one of the festival sponsors, along with: Market Basket, Santander Bank, La Carreta, Gate City Electric, Royal Prestige Cookware, Novedades El Paisano, Morin’s Landscaping, Oscar Wong’s CTS, Antojitos El Rey Coliman Taco Truck and Yeni’s Day Care.

The event takes place annually on the last Sunday in July, said Wilinson Dominguez, who serves at the church and runs local Catholic radio station Radio Inmaculada at 101.9 FM. His wife runs Yeni’s Day Care, one of the sponsors.

“We welcome sponsors to come and help with whatever … anything little, that will help,” Dominguez said. “So far, we’re doing good, we’ve got everything … Christian music, regular music from Peru, Honduras, the Dominican Republic.”

Community members seemed generally undaunted by the weather, which gave the festival a rough start.

“At one point, we had to hold the tents up because of the wind,” said Carol Eyman, outreach and community services coordinator for the Nashua Public Library, but that the crowd picked up once the sun came out. Eyman said the library participated in the festival to spread the word on its summer concert series and children’s program.

Gonzalez-Torres said patrons began arriving before the festival’s official starting time. “People were here when it was raining – they went to the tents with food, some people were dancing, it was good,” he said.

The music alternated between a DJ and live bands. Festival patrons danced and sang along.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).