Angier Hosting Unity Day Sunday

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By RICK CURL

Of The Record Staff

One area town is taking advantage of a government grant to try and bring different parts of the town together for a celebration.

The Town of Angier has been given a grant by the state to help it celebrate its Latino community.

On Sunday, Angier will host that celebration from 2 to 6 p.m.

“We applied for a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council in September of 2016 for a Latino festival and found out in October of 2016 that the Angier Chamber of Commerce had been awarded the grant,” chamber Executive Director Shelby Blackmon said. “The chamber wanted to do something that would bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the rest of the community.”

Mrs. Blackmon said the committee that organized the event decided a more appropriate name would be Unity Celebration.

“The committee planning the event first began meeting in January of this year,” she said. “It was then decided that the Latino festival would be given the name Unity Celebration due to that’s what our goal was — to bring the community together as one.”

The celebration will feature live music, food vendors and others showcasing their products.

Mrs. Blackmon said the food on hand will range from hot dogs to tacos to grilled chicken and more.

“There will be a huge variety of food including ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, tamales, tacos, grilled chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, salsa and more,” she said.

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“Some of our other vendors include a local artist making handcrafted piñatas and the Harnett United PAL will be setting up their boxing ring.”

And what would a festival such as the one taking place in Angier be without music to fit the occasion?

Celebration-goers will be treated to a high energy performance from a Latino group with North Carolina roots.

“We will have live music for the event with La Tropa de Tierra Caliente headlining,” Mrs. Blackmon said. “La Tropa de Terra Caliente is an artistic group born to the show business in May of 2007.”

The group was founded by their lead vocalist, Jesus “Chuy” Velazquez, and features nine members. They play a style of music called Tierra Caliente which originated in the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan and the State of Mexico.

Currently, the group resides in North Carolina and showcases their talents in different U.S. states. The band is listed in the El Pueblo Inc. Latino Music Directory along with Orquesta K’Che.

“We can achieve many things when we stand united rather than trying to achieve it alone,” she said.

“A unified community is a successful community.”

Admission is free and the event will take place in the Angier Depot Ellington Square.

The band La Tropa de Tierra Caliente will highlight Angier’s Unity Celebration Sunday at the Angier Depot Ellington Square.The event takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Angier Chamber of Commerce in order to promote town unity.

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