IN PICTURES: Long Beach celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with live performances, free treats

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Long Beach’s two Latino council members, Mary Zendejas and Roberto Uranga, hosted live entertainment at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza Tuesday afternoon, featuring a mariachi, free desserts and a wind instrument performer.

About 40 people, including city leaders and staff, attended the celebration, which took place before a City Council meeting where the public would learn more about efforts to build a Latino Cultural Center.

The award-winning group Mariachi Divas, followed by an indigenous wind instrument performance by Martín Espino, a world-class performer and teacher, performed for attendees who were enjoying free desserts from Inglorious Funnels, a food truck serving funnel cakes, ice cream and churros.

Clarissa Carney, 51, brought her 17-year-old daughter to see the performances and join Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

“This is my first time coming out from the pandemic,” she said.

Mariachi Divas makes a musical entrance during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration outside the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Lola Rodriguez, a member of Mariachi Divas, sings and plays a song on a violin during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A patron showcases a free churro with ice cream dessert during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Patrons carry six paper baskets of desserts during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A resident receives a free dessert during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

From his left to right, Martín Espino showcases the concha, kena, malta siku, chotanka, tlapitzalli and a California flute he used to perform during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Martín Espino, a world-class performer and master teaching artist, plays the malta siku during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Martín Espino, a world-class performer and master teaching artist, plays the chotanka, a wind instrument, during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Marissa Stanley, scheduler and legislative graduate intern for the District 6 office, walks away with a free dessert during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Councilman Roberto Uranga, left, and Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, right, speak during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration outside of the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Martín Espino, a world-class performer and master teaching artist, plays the chotanka, a wind instrument, during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in Downtown on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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