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Hispanic Culture Celebrated

YAKIMA, Wash -- A driving rain chased many away. But those who came enjoyed the food and music of Yakima's first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

With Congress still debating immigration reform, Hispanic members of the Yakima valley wanted to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Latin American culture.

Today's event was not intended to be political -- just a celebration to bring people together. However, there were people available to explain the latest U.S. immigration policy.

"These events are important even if you aren't Hispanic," said Francisco Yepez. "Even if this was from South Africa, or somewhere in Africa, I would bring my kids because it brings people together."

Organizers were hoping to attract several thousand people but the weather didn't cooperate.

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