TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Fiesta Mexicana’s main event today was their mass which was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Today was different since the church had Father John Torrez from St, Matthew’s Church preaching their homily.
“People cannot move away from the selfishness,” Father John Torrez said.
Father Torrez’s message was for people to accept everyone’s differences since Fiesta Mexicana celebrates diversity in Topeka. Shortly after the mass, volunteers in the community began helping each other set up for the rest of Fiesta Mexicana.
“It’s a fun thing to do,” Felipe Rangel Jr. Fiesta Groundsman said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a fun thing to do to hang out with all the guys. I mean, I don’t do it all by myself. I got a whole crew that comes out to help.”
Not only have volunteers been preparing for this week’s festivities, neighbors have decorated their homes to show their fiesta pride.
Neighbor, Alicia Guerrero-Chavez who’s no stranger to volunteering for the fiesta says Fiesta Mexicana is more than just a good time to celebrate Mexican culture.
“The primary purpose of the fiesta is to support and raise money for Holy Family School so that kids can continue to get a quality education and I think that’s still important to remember that that is why we do this,” Alicia Guerrero-Chavez, Fiesta financial chairman said.
The fiesta also raises money from corporate sponsors and food and drink stands to keep Our Lady of Guadalupe church open to the public.
Alicia’s says her goal is to keep the community going strong.
“That’s when everything, you know, comes to fruition and is worth all the hard work.”
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