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Hispanic Heritage Month was founded in 1968 to celebrate the rich multi-cultural Hispanic and Latino communities in the US. A growing population with twenty-two different countries considered to be Hispanic in origin and Spanish being the second most spoken native language in the world with over 477 million native speakers. “American Latinos are woven into the fabric of our nation, especially in Texas where our cultures have been interconnected for centuries. 40% of Texans are of Latino descent and 1 in 2 babies born, making Hispanics a fast-growing mainstream. That is why celebrating Hispanic Heritage is a great moment for us all to share on the strength we represent as a diverse country and a city that welcomes and celebrates that proudly,” – Lili Gil Valletta, business owner CEO of the cultural intelligence agency CIEN+, television commentator and Southlake resident.
Somos Southlake Fiesta was created and received with open arms by the Soutlake community in 2021. “Somos Southlake is a group of Southlake neighbors that came together as one whole with a common goal to bring the community together to celebrate and commemorate the contributions of Hispanic-Americans. Hispanic heritage is American heritage, I am equally proud of my Hispanic heritage as I am proud to be an American.” – Carolina Delcalvo, Somos Southlake board member.