It’s a good time to be Latino in New York City.
National Hispanic Heritage month kicks off Sept. 15 — which corresponds with the independence days of five Latin American countries — and runs through Oct. 15, marking its 29th anniversary celebrating Latinos who burst with pride for their culture and traditions.
This year, the festivities begin with the Mexican Day Parade, which returns to Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 17. Expect the parade’s colorful floats, folkloric music and attendees waving their Mexican flags — green, white and red — in the air to fill the streets. The celebration runs between 27th and 38th Sts. along Madison Ave. starting at 11 a.m.
But before that, make sure to dance to the rhythm of the beat at El Barrio’s Latin Jazz Festival paying tribute to salsa icon Tito Puente at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Friday, Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The free concert will feature The Mambo Legends Orchestra, a 22-piece ensemble that was originally the “Tito Puente Orchestra” and led by the timbales master for more than 30 years. Special guest Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Jeremy Bosch will also join the band at the park’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater for a magical, electric and nostalgic night.
Also on Sept. 17, people can head to Corona, Queens, to the Carnival de la Cultura.
Already in its 10th year, this free festival will be held on Junction Blvd. between Roosevelt and 37th Aves. from 12 to 6 p.m. Arts and crafts for children, food vendors selling Latin American delicacies, performances and more will be offered for the entire family.
Hundreds of parade-goers lined up along Fifth Avenue at last year’s annual Hispanic Day Parade.
(Luiz C. Ribeiro/For New York Daily News )
On Sept. 21, the Throckmorton Fine Arts (145 E. 57th St.) will debut its Surrealism, Ojos de Mexico art exhibit depicting 40 photographs taken by Mexican artists such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduño and others, which capture Mexico, its culture and people through a surrealistic lens.
The opening reception starts at 6 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Dec. 2.
For film lovers, the third annual Latino Short Film Festival will take over the city from Oct. 5 through Oct. 8 with screenings beginning Oct. 6 at Teatro LATEA, 107 Suffolk St.
The festival’s theme is “American Diversity” showcasing more than three-dozen films directed and produced by American Latinos. For more information on tickets visit: officiallatino.com.
Panamanians looking to celebrate their independence day can attend the 22nd annual Panamanian Day Parade in Brooklyn. The march kicks off Saturday, Oct. 7 at Bergen St. and Franklin Ave. at 10:30 a.m. and ends at a street fair on Classon Ave. between President St. and Eastern Parkway.
Lastly, the 53rd annual Hispanic Day Parade before Columbus Day will close off the month’s festivities by bringing New Yorkers together on Sunday, Oct. 8. The parade runs between 43rd and 69th Sts. along Fifth Ave. starting at noon and ending at 5 p.m.