Communities come together to celebrate the Spanish culture of Gastonia

Hundreds of Hispanic residents spent Saturday celebrating Gaston County’s diversity at the “Siete de Mayo” event on May 7 at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia.

Gastonia Police helped organize the event with other businesses, using the Cinco de Mayo holiday as a catalyst.

Live music and Zumba singing and dancing were among the many forms of entertainment available during the free event.

The information kiosks were set up by local bilingual businesses with the desire to connect with members of the community, to inform them of the resources available to them.

“I try to attend a lot of these events to educate my community about my work,” said Claudia Decena, owner of Decena Prosperity Group, an insurance and financial company.

Desina came to the United States in 1995 from Oaxaca, Mexico in search of a better life and now resides in Gastonia.