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Jersey City will conclude its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this afternoon in festive fashion at 5 p.m. event on the front plaza of City Hall.

The celebration will include proclamations honoring the contributions of the Hispanic community in Jersey City, and will feature music and folkloric dance from a number of countries including Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

Musical performances will include Cumbia from Colombia, Bachata from the Dominican Republic and Salsa from Puerto Rico. Classes for Salsa and Bachata dancing will also be offered during the celebration.

Hispanic Heritage Month is held annually from September 15 to October 15 and recognizes the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America. The annual observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting in mid-September.

Councilman-At-Large Daniel Rivera and other members of the City Council are expected to attend.

City Hall is located at 280 Grove Street.

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