The sounds of music and fun could be heard through Rum Village Park Sunday afternoon as folks turned out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
It was all about raising awareness in the community. Organizers brought together members from the fire and police departments as well as health and financial representatives to educate folks about health, safety and community. The celebration featured booths like the St. Joseph County Health Dept. doing health screenings.
“This is a good way for community, especially the Latino community, to build that bridge, gap between police and Latino community. No need for fear, just build that trust,” said Juan Hernandez, event organizer.
Police officers and Latino community members had a chance to get to know each other in a laid back atmosphere with the backdrop of traditional music and Mexican food prepared by local vendors.
“If they trust us, they’re willing to call us when they’re in need and we’re able to help out,” said Lt. Christopher Voros of the South Bend Police Dept.
While the original plan was for the celebration to wrap up at around 5:00 p.m. Sunday night, the turnout led organizers to extend the event for a couple of extra hours.