HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Saturday afternoon, downtown Hattiesburg hosted an event celebrating Latin-American culture.
The second El Grito Latin Festival at Town Square Park featured lots of different foods, live entertaiment and plenty of other activities and information for all members of the family.
The festival celebrates Mexican independence from Spain (Sept. 16) and also kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15).
"I think it's very important that we all come together and celebrate the diversity of Hattiesburg and unify as a common people looking to have common goals," said Carlos Molina, one of the event organizers.
"The weather is great, this is one of the first things," said Cesar Potenza, a vendor from Hattiesburg. "There appears to be a lot of people, (who are) very friendly, nice. The music is awesome."
"We've been having a lot of fun," said Makayla Wallace, of Meridian, who was visiting the festival with friends from her school. "We've been walking around looking at everything. It's been cool."
The festival was co-sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative and La Mexicana restaurant.