“Bienvenidos,” Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said Sunday, welcoming people to the first annual Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration at the Robert Crown Center.
The event, which ran from 1 to 5 p.m., featured authentic Hispanic food and live entertainment.
The Hispanic population in Evanston is growing, the mayor said — by almost half in the past ten years — from about 6 to 9 percent of the overall population. That number is lower, though, than the 21 percent of the metro area population that’s Hispanic.
The Evanston events are part of a national observance running through Oct. 15 to celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanics whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.