Fruitvale residents will host a community celebration of Día de las Americas/Grandparents Day in Oakland’s Fruitvale District on Sunday, September 20. The events will be held at the Fruitvale Transit Village from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In honor of the eight Latin American countries (Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua) that commemorate their civic independence in the month of September, Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo is hosting this community festival with Samba Dancers, Mariachi, Marimbas and other regional performances.
The festival is also honoring Grandparents/Abuelitos for their contributions to the Oakland community, and will engage them with youth.
Día de las Americas/Grandparents Day is a part of Councilmember Gallo’s 11 Days of Peace and Service, aimed to “keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks,” according to a press release.
The eleven days of service have included a community safety walks, homelessness services and faith based gatherings.
“Día de las Americas is part of Hispanic Heritage Month when many Latin American countries gained independence,” said Lisa Coto, a new member joining Gallo’s team.
“The festival will highlight art and culture and will have a lot of dance performances. It’s going to be a really big party,” said Coto.