LYNNWOOD, Washington, July 17, 2022 – Hundreds of people attended the Afro-Latino Festival which returned for its eleventh year to Lynnwood at Silver Creek Family Church to celebrate Afro-Latino heritage and culture on Saturday, July 16.
From clothing and jewelry to freshly squeezed coconut agua and hand-pressed pancakes, attendees enjoyed a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. The festival has partnered with Silver Creek Family Church donating its grounds and Community Transit to make Saturday’s event a reality.
“It’s bigger every year. Everyone is enjoying the festival and it will be better and bigger next year,” said event organizer Karina Gasperin, a Lynnwood resident for over 21 years from Veracruz, Mexico. “It’s the county’s only Afro-Latino event. Thank you to everyone who participated. »
“It was really nice to see so many different people come together and have fun,” Gasperin explained.
Most of the vendors at the festival found their footing thanks to Gasperin’s extensive contribution to Latin communities in Snohomish County, including his own television show, Actitud Latino, which premiered in 2008. His was the first television show aimed at the Latino community in Washington. State, according to Gasperin.
According to the Pew Research Center, a quarter of all Latinos in America identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean, or of African descent with roots in Latin America. During Latin America’s colonial period, about 15 times more African slaves were taken to Spanish and Portuguese colonies than to the United States, which explains why some 130 million people of African descent live in America Latin, about a quarter of the total population.
Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, Lynnwood Councilor Julieta Altamirano-Crosby and RSJ Coordinator Douglas Raiford were among the many festival attendees.
Along with vendors and food stalls, Latino Twist played an assortment of live Latin music ranging from bachata, meringue to salsa, getting attendees up and dancing.
For more information on the Afro-Latino Festival, visit AfrolatinoFestival.org.