Unity in the Community/Cinco de Mayo
- Date: 05/05/2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Location: Veterans Park
6335 Portland Ave S
Richfield, Minnesota 55423
- Introduction: The city’s diverse cultural heritage will be on display at the annual Unity in the Community/Cinco de Mayo event scheduled for Sunday, May 5 from 2-5 p.m. at Veterans Park, 6335 Portland Avenue.
As a community, one of Richfield’s greatest strengths is its diversity. The city is home to thriving Tibetan, El Salvadorian, Mexican and Somali populations, just to name a few. The music, food and traditions of these, as well as many other, cultures make Richfield a more vibrant place to live and work.
The city’s diverse cultural heritage will be on display at the annual Unity in the Community event scheduled for Sunday, May 5 from 2-5 p.m. at Veterans Park, 6335 Portland Avenue.
“The city’s Unity in the Community event creates a greater understanding of the various cultural heritages present in Richfield and it increases the overall connectedness of the community,” explained Richfield police officer Miranda Soldow. “Residents get to celebrate who they are and their unique backgrounds.”
The event, which is sponsored by the Richfield Police Department and the Hennepin County Joint Community Police Partnership, offers free food, music, dancing, games and opportunities to learn about a variety of community services.
The event also coincides with the police department’s commitment to community-oriented policing.
“Community policing has changed law enforcement professionals from being warriors into guardians,” remarked Richfield Police Department Community Liaison Diana Chaman Salas. “Richfield residents are the eyes and ears of the city’s police department. The more residents get to know the officers, the more they will be willing to assist in keeping the city safe.”
This year’s event will feature more games and include the presentation of an award to a local leader who personifies the core value of celebrating the diversity found in Richfield.
Another new component of the event will further encourage attendees to learn about the various resources available to residents. All attendees will be given a passport that can be taken around to the different booths sponsored by community partners. Residents will earn rewards for getting stamps on their passport.
Residents can learn about community resources aimed at preventing domestic violence, access to housing, reducing food insecurity, economic empowerment and furthering one’s education.
“In today’s world we are hearing too many voices that are trying to homogenize society,” said Chaman Salas. “Celebrating our different backgrounds and experiences leads to a better understanding between cultures and strengthens our community.”