HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Celebrating culture and heritage in Holyoke Monday night. Dozens of people gathered along Dwight Street to show their Hispanic and Latino pride.
Organizers and residents hung up flags representing all of their nationalities. It’s part of the national Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year is the first year Holyoke hosted this particular event. One life-long Holyoke resident told 22News, it’s important to remember where you come from.
“The majority of the population in Holyoke is Puerto Rican, Hispanic. We’re almost 20,000 strong here and there’s unity and community and we want to share our pride with the larger community,” said Darlene Elias, a lifelong Holyoke resident.
Elias says the goal of Monday’s event was to remind all of the Hispanics and Latinos to remember and embrace where they come from.