Celebration of Hispanic culture brightens mall

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Posted: September 23, 2013

The Winchester Star

Jaretzi, a local Mexican dance troupe, performs a traditional dance on the Loudoun Street Mall during the Celebracion of Winchester on Saturday. The first-time event was held to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Ines Lugo dances around the mall in a vejigante costume. The vejigante is a folkloric character in Puerto Rican festivals.
Eight-year-old Tony Hernandez-Ortiz of Winchester performs a traditional Mexican folk dance at the one-day, family-oriented Celebracion of Winchester.
Ana (left) and Krystal Rosario wear traditional Puerto Rican dresses during the event, which was sponsored by the Coalition for Racial Unity, the Shenandoah Arts Council and the Winchester Main Street Foundation.

WINCHESTER — What is a vejigante? Ines Lugo explained the colorful Puerto Rican carnival character to many people Saturday during a celebration of Hispanic culture on the Loudoun Street Mall.


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