Sacramento’s cultural and ethnic diversity is on exhibit at different venues throughout Sacramento at various times of the year.
In mid-September, during the weekend of Sept. 14-15, I attended two Sacramento events that celebrated the culture of two countries who share the same green, white and red colors on their flag.
An Italy on Wheels celebration was held at Folsom’s Murer House and Learning Center. The celebration showcased Italian new and vintage automobiles, bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles.
Murer House also sold wood-fired pizza, Italian sodas, gelato, wine and beer giving guests a great selection of tasty treats.
The Murer House and Learning Center throughout the year, offers Italian language, culture and food classes. Open house tours are also available as well as an annual event that celebrates the people and culture of Crespano del Grappy, Folsom’s Italian sister city.
The historic house and garden also offers its grounds for rental for weddings and small parties of up to 50 people.
The many vehicles on display attracted the curiosity of guests and the culinary delights kept guests happy.
On Sunday September 15 an approximate crowd of 2,000 gathered at the Capitol West Steps to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
The event was presented by the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California (MCCNC). This celebration is held every year at the capitol.
Food trucks and other smaller vendors lined the middle of 10th Street offering tasty food, drinks and other items.
Many Mexican heritage entertainers danced, sang and came to the stage to speak about their country of origin and the joy of living in their new adopted country.
The California Highway Patrol Color Guard and the GZA, Sac State’s Mexican-American Fraternity collaborated for the presentation of colors.
The Consulate General of Mexico Carlos González Gutiérrez once again attended the event and welcomed guests to the celebration.
Returning to host the celebration were hosts Gustavo Ortiz (Univisión 19) and radio personality Lili Reyes who kept the audience informed and active during the celebration.
Sacramento continues to draw various ethnic and cultural international celebrations throughout the year which gives the area its growing reputation as being one of the most diverse cities in the country.