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Saturday & Sunday: Latinofest

Saturday & Sunday: Latinofest
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June 25 and 26

To say that we're still seething from last week's massacre in Orlando is an understatement. It's impossible to fully express our anger here, in so few words, and we're not going to try. While anger can be constructive—like prayer, grief, and tweets—it can do nothing without action. In this case, action may take the form of protest, voting, contacting our representatives about gun control reform and hate crime prevention, or just doing exactly what the 49 victims and many more survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting were doing that night: dancing. We can trust dancing and the celebration of identity to heal ourselves, at least a bit, and to honor the lives lost in Orlando. June 12 was Latin Night at Pulse;  90 percent of the victims were Latinx (that's the gender-neutral version of Latino/Latina, FYI). The clubgoers at Pulse that night were out celebrating not only their queer identities, but their Latin culture. Baltimore can keep that celebration going, in spite of hate, at the annual LatinoFest, now in its 36th year. The weekend will be full of live salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, duranguense, mariachi, and more, plus traditional dancers, arts and craft displays, Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, and family activities. All proceeds go to education-based Latino outreach. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday; Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., (410) 563-3160, latinofest.org, $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. (Maura Callahan)

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