Fairhill: Residents Celebrate Feria del Barrio

Every year for the past 28 years, residents of Fairhill come out to celebrate Feria Del Barrio, one of the cities largest festivals of Latino art and culture.

A couple danced on the streets to salsa.

Located in the center of El Centro De Oro, the festival’s goal was  to highlight businesses in the community’s commercial corridor and unite all Latinos in a day of merriment.

“The event brings togetherness to the people in the neighborhood,” said Aida Devine, manager of Taller Puertorriqueno. “It allows people to come out enjoy music, Latino culture, artists and food.

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This weekend’s festival gave residents an opportunity to purchase different types of Latino music, clothing and art. There were also several businesses and organizations in attendance including Peco Smart Ideas, which gave tips on how to conserve energy.

“I love these kind of these events,” said Martina Barbour, a representative for Peco, “it’s great for families and community based, for the community by the community.”

Additionally, the festival featured a Kids Corner where children could participate in a block-printing workshop or moon bounce.

Jihan Thomas helped kids at the Kids Corner workshop.

“The event is very welcoming,” said Jihan Thomas, an artist who works with the Philadelphia Art Museum Outreach. “There are so many people here who are enriched with so many talents and entrepreneurship skills. It just goes to show you can make it no matter where you’re from.”

“I would say that it’s been a success,” said Michael Martinez, the coordinator of senior volunteer services at Progressive. “We wouldn’t have lasted 28 years if it wasn’t successful.”

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