Guinness World Record to be Set in Cincinnati
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Runs September 13-October 15 CINCINNATI, OH – September 2012 – Hispanic Heritage Month will kickoff with the summer’s final “Salsa on the Square” on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 as a special edition of the wildly popular event. Cincinnati will seek to set the Guinness World Record for number of Merengue dancing couples. Last year, organizers came very close to breaking the Salsa world record. This year, the entire community is being invited to Fountain Square to help set the Guinness World Record for Merengue. A total of 300 couples are needed. This special edition of “Salsa & Merengue on the Square” will begin with live music and registration at 7 p.m. on Fountain Square on Thursday, Sept. 13.
The Merengue lessons will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Guinness World Record for the number of Merengue dancing couples, organized by Midwest Latino, will take place at 8:45 p.m. “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy Merengue and Salsa on the Square and be part of the record-breaking dancing crowd on Sept. 13,” said Alfonso Cornejo, Chairman of Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics. Hispanic Heritage Month is coordinated by Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics. The month-long celebration runs through October 15, 2012. The many Hispanic Heritage Month events are put on by a large variety of organizations from the Cincinnati Reds to the Hispanic Chamber, the Cincinnati Symphony and most of the area colleges and universities. It is supported by a number of other partners including Fifth Third Bank, Kroger, P&G, La Verdad Marketing, Midwest Latino and many others. Local events and programs include: Reds Hispanic Heritage Night at Great American Ball Park on Sept. 7
Cincinnati’s19th Annual Hispanic Festival on Sept. 8-9
“Cincinnati- City of Immigrants” play and essay awards on September 14
Announcement of The Cincy Bilingual Advantage, a new economic impact project of the Hispanic Chamber on Sept. 20
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Dinner at GE Aviation on Oct. 13. For a complete calendar of activities, visit www.cincinnatiHHM.org.
News and information are also available on Facebook at Cincinnati Hispanic Heritage Month and @CincyHHM on Twitter. Additionally a brand new PSA campaign was produced in partnership with TriHealth that celebrates the contributions of Hispanics to the community. “We are truly appreciative of Trihealth and the other companies and organizations that have helped us create an ever growing fun, memorable and educational month ” said Neil Comber, coordinator of the local Hispanic Heritage Month and board member of Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics. About Hispanic Heritage Month
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of the U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 respectively. About Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics The Hispanics Avanzando Hispanics (HAH) organization coordinates a variety of initiatives and projects to create awareness and appreciation of the contributions of Hispanic to the overall Greater Cincinnati community. Besides coordinating Hispanic Heritage Month, HAH runs the annual Cincy-Cinco Latino festival, the City of Immigrants program, the H-100 volunteering activities and several other community-focused initiatives.
About the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA is dedicated to promoting the continued growth and development of the Hispanic/Latino business community in the Tri-State area. The Chamber works closely with profit and nonprofit area businesses as well as the local and state Chambers.