Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo Proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is Celebrated from September 15 – October 15

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today’s City Council meeting and for the first time in 15 years, Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo proclaimed September 15 to October 15, 2021, Hispanic Heritage Month in Corpus Christi. 

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. Hispanic Heritage Month was then recognized from September 15 to October 15 and enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the City of Corpus Christi is comprised of 63.2% Hispanic and Latino residents. Deeply proud of her own heritage as a Hispanic woman, Mayor Guajardo affirmed the importance of this celebration by joining cities across America in recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month reaffirms our dedication and commitment to celebrating our rich Hispanic culture and pays tribute to the historical accomplishments of Hispanics throughout our city and throughout history,” said Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo. “It is of great significance to honor the contributions of our Hispanic community who have contributed to the vibrancy and economic success of our community.”

As part of the celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, City Hall has been decorated to bring awareness and pride to this national holiday. Los Mariachis Corpus Christi played traditional songs, and lunch from Nona’s Cocina was provided during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.