Let's fiesta! Celebration of Hispanic heritage coming to Parris Island

Hispanic Heritage Month lasts through mid-October and what better way to celebrate it than with food, drink and dance.

The 2011 Tri-Command Hispanic-American Heritage Celebration starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at The Lyceum at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

The celebration begins with piñatas for children followed by dinner with cuisine native to Latin American countries, karaoke and dance demonstrations. The evening ends with a deejay and dancing.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, centered around independence days in several Latin American countries. Organizers planned the Parris Island event to recognize both Hispanic contributions to military and society at large.

"The Navy and Marine Corps is a diverse community," said co-organizer and Petty Officer 1st Class Roberto Medrano. "It is very important to introduce our culture, our roots and our beliefs to the whole community to show our contributions to society. Special events like this one can bring our military and our community together as a whole."

Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and over, $8 for ages 7 to 12 and free for children younger than 6.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Medrano at 843-228-4911, or Cynthia Golson at 843-228-2647.

Staff writer Justin Paprocki