An all-day celebration of Latin music and culture filled the Marathon Community Park on Dec. 17 as the city hosted its first-ever Marathon Latin Festival. Headlined by Cuban music pioneer Yoandys Lores González – better known by his stage name Baby Lores – proceeds from the festival went to support Somos Esperanza, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to offering hope to disadvantaged families with children suffering from pre-existing conditions or chronic or incurable diseases.
A family-friendly festival with games filled the daylight hours, while a two-hour segment of local talent preceded a four-hour closing concert with more than 30 Latin music artists.
“Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the outpouring of support our local community showed for the first ever Marathon Latin Festival,” said event organizer Joey Gonzalez. “I’m eternally grateful to every one of the artists who came to Marathon in support of the beautiful Somos Esperanza foundation. Nearly 1,500 people in attendance with 60 sold-out VIP tables. Thanks to my great friend Baby Lores for having this vision and for trusting his team.