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City of Reno celebrates Fiesta Latin@ and recognizes Reno People Project honorees

Event and recognition are part of year-long Reno 150 sesquicentennial celebration

Post Date:09/20/2017 3:03 PM


As part of Reno’s year-long 150th birthday celebration, the City of Reno will host the inaugural Fiesta Latin@ on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Reno City Plaza. The next 15 recipients of the Reno People Project will be announced during Fiesta Latin@ at 5:30 p.m. Ultimately, 150 people will be recognized by May 9, 2018.

Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado initiated the Fiesta Latin@ event as another opportunity to celebrate Reno’s thriving arts and culture scene, and to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.

"This is a great opportunity for Reno to celebrate the cultural diversity that makes it such a wonderful place to live,” Delgado said. “We invite everyone to come out for some great food, wonderful music and lots of family-oriented activities."
The event will feature a variety of local vendors and performances, including Aztec Dance, Tierra Tropical, Folkloric Dance, Reno Philharmonic RPA Kids Mariachi, Wooster High School Mariachi and a Frida Kahlo preview act by theater group Teatro Brown Eyes Reno.
Reno 1868 FC, Reno’s professional soccer team, is also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Day during its September 23, 2017 match at Greater Nevada Field, which starts at 7 p.m. Before the match, select Reno 1868 FC players will be available for autographs and pictures at Reno City Plaza from 3 to 4 p.m.

The Reno People ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.

“We are a proud community, and this is a chance to honor our heritage,” said At-Large Councilmember David Bobzien. “There are so many ways for everyone in Reno to get involved in our sesquicentennial celebration, and I encourage the community to submit their nominations for the Reno People Project.”

The Reno People Project is a way to tell 150 stories about some of the people who make up our unique community history. The next group of honorees are:
  • Jessie Beck
  • Teresa Benitez-Thompson
  • Benson Dillon (B.D.) Billinghurst
  • Rev. Onie Cooper
  • Nancy Cummings
  • Louie Erreguible
  • Estella Levario Gutierrez
  • Sadie Dotson Hurst
  • Bertha Miranda
  • Rosa Molina
  • William (Bill) Moon
  • Daniel Perez
  • Dr. Emma Sepulveda
  • Dr. Angie Taylor
  • Ray Valdez
Including these 15 Reno People, a total of 45 Reno People have been honored so far. Learn more about the honorees.

Anyone can submit a nomination for a past/present Reno citizen who has made a positive impact on the City of Reno’s history. Nominations must include a short (250-word maximum) biography of the nominee, their efforts and the reasons you’d like their story included. Including a photograph of the nominee is recommended. Visit for more information.

More About Reno 150

The City of Reno plans to host several more Reno 150 events during the year-long sesquicentennial celebration, including:
  • September 23, 2017 - Fiesta Latin@ on City Plaza
  • October 14, 2017 - March From the Arch in downtown Reno
  • November 11, 2017 - Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Reno
  • December 2017 - Tree Lighting on City Plaza
  • May 9, 2018 - Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th birthday) at Greater Nevada Field
The City of Reno is encouraging businesses, community groups, nonprofits and other entities to host an official Reno 150 event of their own. To submit your Reno 150 event, visit Approved events will be published on Event organizers and residents are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #Reno150.
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