Parachute to celebrate Latin heritage at festival Saturday |

Parachute to celebrate Latin heritage at festival Saturday

When Lucy Cordova began working as town clerk for Parachute in 2015, she was the only person at the Town Hall who could speak Spanish.

Immediately, she found that her presence and familiarity with the community, as well as the elimination of the language barrier, brought in all sorts of members of the Hispanic community and started different conversations than ever before.

In 2016, Parachute tried hosting its first Latin Heritage Festival on Cinco De Mayo, but rain dampened that event.

Still, more than 300 community members stayed until 10 p.m.

“That showed us that this is a real need and something we were missing in the community,” Cordova said. “This year we decided to make it a summer event to avoid another rain out.”

On Saturday, Parachute will welcome a park full of Latin-themed food, music and vendors open to anyone who wants to attend.

From 5-9 p.m., there will be games for kids that include a bounce house and mechanical bull paired with five Hispanic food vendors from Aspen to Parachute.

At 9 p.m. is when the real fun begins as Cottonwood Park will host a Latin dance until 1 a.m., featuring Hispanic bands from throughout the state.

Among the entertainers will be Guan Cornejo from Rifle, performing with his band Y Su Nueva Banda.

“We want to be inclusive in the community in reaching all demographics,” Cordova said. “We’ve had a lot of great collaboration with town officials and myself.”

Tickets for the dance will be $30.

Cordova assured that she has been working closely with Garfield County Public Health to ensure that all the food served has been inspected, reviewed, approved and licensed.

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