Every year, the Little Lima neighborhood of Paterson NJ throws a block party for residents and their families. This celebration is held on July 12th starting at noon with festivities continuing until dusk. The event has been going strong since 1996 when it was started by three local churches: Saint Rose Parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and Sacred Hearts Academy in an attempt to strengthen ties between immigrant families who had moved to the area from Latin America. Since then, its popularity has grown so much that now over 20 different functions take place during this one-day event!
This year’s theme is “Paterson Proud” – celebrating our love for being residents here in the city we all call home. Besides games like jacks and corn hole, the celebration includes live music in both Spanish and English. There are also dance performances, salsa lessons for kids, face painting booths, a petting zoo with farm animals from area farms like Peaceful Acres Farm and Ruckus LLC., information about health issues that affect immigrants living here such as diabetes and heart disease (thanks to our sponsors!), food trucks serving up local cuisine from all over Latin America!
The event is free of charge so everyone can join in on the fun – you don’t even have to bring anything because they’ll provide lemonade along with vendors selling snacks!