For the Campos family, attending the Mexican Heritage Celebration and Health Fair in Sonoma on Sunday – which included folk dances, brilliant lowriders, and mariachi music – meant remembering their beloved roots.
“Watching this group of mariachis reminds me of hearing mariachi at parties in my neighborhood in Mexico,” said Claudia Campos, 32, as she sat with her family in a grass field and watched the performance of a live mariachi band. “It makes me feel good. It’s a good reminder of where you’re from.
The lead singer of the group Campos was watching agreed.
“I wouldn’t change any of my traditions for the world,” said Apolo Cortes, 57, of Mariachi Azteca in Napa. “Every time I hear mariachi, it’s like a blessing from God. It comes from the history of my culture. It really means a lot.
Hosted by VIDA, the fair drew nearly 2,000 people to Sonoma Plaza, officials said.
An annual event held in Sonoma Plaza, the fair usually commemorates Mexico’s Independence Day. This year, however, he also recognized the importance of well-being and safety as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through North Bay.
Along with music, food vendor stalls, arts and crafts, auto show and shows, the fair featured a “health zone,” where the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center offered immunizations. free.
The coronavirus has had a particularly devastating impact on the Latinx community, which makes up just over a quarter of Sonoma County’s population, but has suffered 58% of the county’s COVID-19 cases, according to health data from the county.
North Bay social service groups, such as the nonprofit La Luz Family Resource Center and Project CURA, were also present to provide health education services. CURA (short for COVID-19 Urgent Response and Aid) connects residents with local health services and provides financial assistance to those who have lost their wages due to the pandemic.
“I wanted to bring my community together to celebrate and kick off Latino Heritage Month, but I also needed to make sure people could get vaccinated too,” said event organizer Angie Sanchez, who is also the founder of VIDA, an organization dedicated to building community through arts and culture. “It was a very important aspect.”
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