By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer
(Hawthorne, CA.) – The City of Good Neighbors has something in common with cities across the United States. The City of Hawthorne hosted it’s inaugural World Fest on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Hawthorne Memorial Park, 3901 W. El Segundo Boulevard.
A large multi-cultural, diverse crowd were in attendance for World Fest 2021 Celebration. The park resembled a mini United Nation, as people gathered in a spirit of UNITY, PEACE and LOVE.
World Fest 2021 Celebration was a vibrant, culturally enriching celebration. This day long, family friendly event was filled with different types of music, dances, customs, foods, arts and crafts and cultural presentations to enhance our understanding of our neighbors and the global community at large.
Attendees strolled around the park to engage in the active Kids Zone, Food Zone, Wine & Beer Garden, Resource Zone that dispensed timely and useful information. Everyone enjoyed the engaging Hawthorne Police Department display. Who can forget those fantabulous raffle prizes.
World Fest 2021 Celebration was hosted by Hawthorne City Councilmember Alex Monteiro and Selena Acuna. DJ Peter Radi manned the ones and twos, dropping an eclectic soundtrack of Global rhythms.
The show got off to a great start. Centinela Bible Church Band entertained the crowd with songs of Praise and Worship to the delight of the audience.
World Fest 2021 Celebration featured an outstanding lineup of entertainment. Mariachi Nueva Generacion and W. H. S. (Westminster High School) Club de Espanol Mexican Folklore showcased music and dances from various regions of Mexico during their respective time in the spotlight. Mexico celebrated their Independence Day several days ago, September 16, 2021. World Fest is significant in that it takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Eaton Flores was also great during his solo performance on saxophone.
The festival consisted of two bands providing some hot Latin rhythms. Conganas and Cuban Connections served up some contagious Latin rhythms to the delight of the salsa dancers on site.
L.A. Love Band, Jerri Jhetto Project and Amber Sauer (Season 14 of NBC’s The Voice), Britt J (Britt 11X, The Human Chandelier from 100.9FM and Demann by Demann had the crowd grooving and vibing during their respective time in the spotlight.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell (2nd District) and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA. 43rd District) were also in attendance for the celebration. Congresswoman Maxine Waters presented Hawthorne City Councilmember Alex Monteiro with a Certificate of Special Recognition.
“The objective of World Fest is to provide a full on cultural experience where people can dive into the richness of each culture and learn more about how we can support one another. World Fest celebrated and paid homage to our similarities as we work together to improve the quality of life in the City, making it true of it’s motto: The City of Good Neighbors” stated the World Fest Committee.