Celebrate diversity with ¡VIVA! Quad Cities

Celebrating who we are as individuals is an important part of our lives.  Every day this semester I have planned on how best to teach my students about human rights.  The curriculum mandates several lessons on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  There are so many important aspects of that document, but the main item I want my students to take away is to be proud of who you are — your heritage, your language, your culture, and you as an individual. 

¡VIVA! Quad Cities allows that dream of being proud of who you are, and the family you come from to come true for many as they host their 25th annual ¡VIVA! Quad Cities Fiesta on Saturday, September 8.  It’s the Quad Cities largest celebration of Hispanic culture.

DSC_0136This celebration of Hispanic culture takes place at LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport.  Numerous Hispanic cultures are represented and celebrated through multiple vendors, fine arts, food, children’s activities, music, and exhibits. Headlining this year’s entertainment line-up is DJ Kane and his band. DJ Kane is the voice of the original Kumbia Kings and will be singing all of their hits. There will also be music from Grupo Insstinto, DJ Pachanga and local favorites Crooked Cactus and the Glenview Mariachi Band. Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico will also perform. 

The Fiesta’s joyous crowd and family-friendly atmosphere make for the perfect community gathering and cultural experience. The Fiesta takes place from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. Saturday, Sept. 8 with a $5 admission at the gates. All children under the age of 12 are free, as are all members of the military.

sr 9 (72 of 178)The money raised from this event continues to benefit scholarship funds that have raised over $280,000 since 1993. ¡VIVA! helps promote higher education for students and provides financial means for students to succeed in that manner. For more information and more details about the event, please visit the website.

DSC_0237Not only does it teach us to love and embrace Hispanic culture, but it’s a guideline that all people, all cultures, all languages, should continuously be embraced. On September 8th, head on down to LeClaire Park and celebrate the beautiful diversity that comes in celebrating culture and celebrating life.


About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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One comment on “Celebrate diversity with ¡VIVA! Quad Cities

  1. Admissions staff members participate in conferences, fairs and events all over the Quad Cities, including: — College Changes Everything — Youth Empowerment Conference, “I’m Worth It” — Quad Cities Youth Conference — Unity Fest — Multicultural Speaker Series — LULAC Bilingual College Fair — Quad Cities College Application Week — QCMP — Viva Quad Cities

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