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Mexican Heritage Association of West Michigan

LELE is Coming to Grand Rapids!

Join us for an incredible celebration of Mexican heritage right here in the City of Grand Rapids as we host Lele, the world-traveling doll, during the Mexican Festival at Calder Plaza. From September 8 to 10, immerse yourself in vibrant Mexican culture, music, and more!

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Sharing our Mexican Heritage since 1969

In 1969, a group of Mexican women shared a vision of celebrating their cultural heritage with the wider community. One of these women was Mrs. Maurila Blakely Ortiz, a dedicated organizer of traditional charity festivals known as kermés. This vision eventually evolved into the modern-day Fiesta Mexicana.

Mrs. Ortiz's tireless efforts to preserve our heritage with dignity have allowed us to reap the rewards of those, like her, who invested their time and energy to secure a brighter future for generations to come. Thanks to her and the countless others who have planted the seeds over the past 52 years, we can now look beyond the struggle to validate the richness of our culture in the mainstream mindset.

Vision

Today we attempt to emulate social change, wellness, and unity for all through learning from other cultures while sharing our Mexican Heritage.

Mission

To promote and educate the public about Mexican culture, customs, history, traditions, and the contributions of Americans with Mexican Heritage through promoting and participating in community events and services.

Flagship Event

Fiesta Mexicana stands out as a flagship event, boasting a rich history as one of the oldest ethnic festivals in the city. For 52 years, this iconic event has brought us together at Calder Plaza for three days of vibrant music, dance, art, and delectable cuisine.

Our Emphasis

To grow the support from the youth in our community by

providing engaging, and cultural activities where our youth can learn about the culture and traditions. Cultivating and sharing our heritage with all residents and visitors to this beautiful state of Michigan

Who are we?

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