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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Proposal made for Latino Alliance Cultural Festival

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

By: Autumn Schanil | Democrat
Alan Weir spoke at the Village of Monticello Board Meeting on Tuesday evening to propose a Latino Alliance Cultural Festival to be held this coming summer.
MONTICELLO — Alan Weir, co-founder of the Latino Alliance of Sullivan County (LASC), along with fellow co-founder Edwin Perez, were present at the Village of Monticello Board Meeting Tuesday evening, making a proposal for a Latino Alliance Cultural Festival to be held in July of this year.
“This will be like a coming out event for the group,” said Weir. “The idea is to share the Latino culture. There would be a live band with dancers dancing the Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, and more. Latino restaurants will be selling their delicious food, and even WJFF would be broadcasting live from the event.”
The proposal asked the Board to reserve the date of Sunday, July 17 for the first-ever event.
The Alliance is looking to hold the event just behind the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, and in the case of rain, be allowed to move the event inside.
They hope to make the festival an annual event.
Following a discussion by the board, a motion was made by Village Mayor Doug Solomon, and unanimously approved by the trustees to reserve the proposed date.
Both Weir and Perez work for the county Division of Family Services and are members of the county National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. They founded the LASC in late 2014 to help and give a voice to the under-represented Latino community in Sullivan County.
The LASC provides information, referral, advocacy, representation, and services such as housing, food, breaking the language barrier, navigating children through the schools, and getting parents involved in parent-teacher associations.
“The cultural festival would be a great way to get the Latino community out there,” said Weir, “to share their culture and make a place for them.”

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