Long Beach celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with live entertainment, free treats • the Hi-lo

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About 40 people, including city leaders and staff, attended the celebration, which took place ahead of a city council meeting where the public would learn more about efforts to build a Latin cultural center.

Award-winning group Mariachi Divas, followed by an indigenous wind instrument performance by Martín Espino, a world-class artist and teacher, performed for the participants who enjoyed free desserts from Inglorious funnels, a food truck serving funnel cakes, ice cream and churros.

Clarissa Carney, 51, took her 17-year-old daughter to see the performances and join the city council meeting on Tuesday.

“This is the first time that I have come out of the pandemic,” she said.

Mariachi Divas makes a musical entrance at a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration outside the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Mariachi Divas member Lola Rodriguez sings and plays a song on the violin during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A customer presents a free churro with ice cream dessert during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Customers carry six paper dessert baskets during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A resident receives a free dessert during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

From left to right, Martín Espino presents the concha, kena, malta siku, chotanka, tlapitzalli, and a California flute he used to play at a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12. 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

World-class artist and master teacher Martín Espino plays malt siku during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

World-class performer and master teacher Martín Espino plays the chotanka, a wind instrument, during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

District 6 office planner and graduate law intern Marissa Stanley walks away with a free dessert during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

City Councilor Roberto Uranga, left, and City Councilor Mary Zendejas, right, speak at a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration outside the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday 12 October 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

World-class performer and master teacher Martín Espino plays the chotanka, a wind instrument, during a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the Long Beach Civic Center Plaza in downtown on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

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