Hi, my name is Jessica Thompson and I am a current freshman at Dutchess Community College. I’ve lived in Poughkeepsie my whole life but I had never been very active in the community until I started working with the Hudson River Housing Projects LEAP program. While working with them I learned about the La Guelaguetza Festival, and decided to check it out.

When I arrived was surprised at just how big the event was. Music and laughter could be heard from the train station to the walkway. There were people everywhere, of all shapes and sizes and though the festival was about a specific heritage all were made to feel welcome. From the wonderful performers to Mayor Roslin's speech, the entire event was an amazing exercises in bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate old homes and new ones.

 

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