Veggie Mijas sharing information about how to eat vegetables and combine with our traditional Latin cuisine.

“In a world that often measures success by overcoming adversity, the Latino community in Philadelphia is a living testament to resilience, strength, and unity.” Nasheli Juliana Gonzalez

Philadelphia, Pa- On a rainy Sunday in September, despite the challenging weather conditions, the vibrant spirit of Latino culture glow brightly at La Feria del Barrio. Since 1979, La Feria del Barrio has celebrated Latino culture, family, and the economic and educational aspirations of the people of North Philadelphia. This event was more than just a celebration; it was a powerful reminder that we Latinos are more than the challenges we experience. This year, Feria del Barrio was held on Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 1-5 PM and presented by Taller Puertorriqueno in partnership with APM, Raices Culturales, HACE, and Congreso.

La Feria del Barrio, an annual event that brings together the diverse Latino community of Philadelphia, is a testament to the rich culture that make up this vibrant city

The rain may have dampened the streets, but it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm and unity of those who gathered to celebrate their heritage.

Bomberos de La Calle. His founder and some of the group members. “I founded Bomberos de la calle to preserve our culture, la bomba and la plena. To be positive. This is for the family including the children because our Puertorrican culture is important.” Tony Mendez.
A Puertorrican band lead by women demonstrate how the traditional bomba, plena, and traditional rhythms can combine with modern music creating a unique fusion of songs that amplify their voices.

At its heart, La Feria del Barrio is a showcase of the extraordinary contributions Latinos have made to the cultural mosaic of Philadelphia and the United States at large. From the rhythmic beats of los Bomberos de la Calle, Comparsa Starts, grufolpawa, bachata chula, viva vallenato, tino serrano y orquesta salsa dura, El hjo del Boriken, Foto Rodrigeuz y orquesta la única, and Piquete.

The aromas of traditional cuisine were a sensory explosion of colors, flavors. It was a stark reminder that diversity is not a challenge to be overcome but a strength to be celebrated specially at the Hispanic Heritage Month.

The community enjoys La Feria del Barrio despite the rain.  (Photo: Lili Daliessio)
The golden block was full of Latinos from different backgrounds celebrating their roots.

As the rain fell gently on the streets of Philadelphia, families huddled under awnings and colorful tents, sharing stories, laughter, and the joys of being part of a community that knows how to weather any storm. Families danced with unbridled energy, elders smiled with wisdom earned through generations, and everyone embraced the essence of what it means to be part of the Latino community.

Grufolpawa, a Panama dance group and musician showcasing their culture outside of Taller Puertorriqueno’s office. Raices Culturales proud present them and Viva Vallenato.
When Bachata Chula band went to the stage to sing their Dominican music, the community started to dance and sing at the same time. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)

Unity was the prevailing theme of the day, as individuals from various Latin American countries came together to celebrate their shared heritage. It was a living testament to the power that lies within unity, the power to show what we are as a community. In a world often divided by borders and differences, La Feria del Barrio was a shining example of how unity can bridge divides and showcase the beauty of our shared humanity.

Viva Vallenato’s Group founded by Felipe Passantino “El gringo del Vallenato.” Their music contains cultural memories of a people from Africa, Native American and Europe. (Photo: Lili Daliessio)
“I identify as an Afrolatina really, I believe who I am because that is part of our heritage and background. I very proud being Latina specially Dominicana.” Samantha Eusebio. (Photo: Lili Daliessio )

Many artists, vendors, organizations, entrepreneurs showcase their products, information, and many resources for the community.

The challenges faced by the Latino community, from immigration issues to socioeconomic disparities, are well-documented. But events like La Feria del Barrio serve as a powerful reminder that we are more than the obstacles that stand in our way. We are a community of dreamers, creators, and fighters, and our unity is our greatest strength.

The feminist collective of Comadre Luna was sharing valuable information that supports immigrant women from the area.
Buenas Vibras Appareal, a community clothing brand bringing culture and good vibes have a variety of options for a daily life.

In the heart of Philadelphia, on a rain-soaked day, the Latino community came together to celebrate its culture, its resilience, and its unwavering spirit. La Feria del Barrio was not just an event; it was a declaration of pride, a celebration of unity, and a testament to the power of the Latino community.

*Lili Daliessio is Community Information Manager at Esperanza Housing and Economic Development. 


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