CULTURE AND TRADITIONS
CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE AND CULTURE SECURES OUR TRADITIONS SURVIVAL!
In 2010, a small group of Salvadoran residents in Harrisonburg decided to form the Comité Salvadoreño Paisanos Unidos (COSPU) with the goal of promoting Salvadoran cultural heritage in Harrisonburg and the Greater Shenandoah Valley.
In August of that year, COSPU organized a cultural and sports festival in honor of the Divine Savior of the World, patron saint of El Salvador.
Since then, every year, COSPU has organized what is now known as the Hispanic Festival, a large community gathering that features live Latin music, performers, traditional ethnic foods, lightning men's and women's soccer tournament, children's activities, the crowning of the Queen and King of the festival, as well as craft, vendor and community exhibitions and cultural and heritage information.
This event is made possible by volunteers and donations from organizations, businesses, and individuals, as well as the support and collaboration of the City of Harrisonburg and its Parks and Recreation Department.