Kansas University's Hispanic American Leadership Organization is celebrating its 30th birthday with one of the most public events in the group's history.
HALO is helping sponsor KU's first Hispanic Heritage Parade down Jayhawk Boulevard Saturday Oct 6, when thousands of visitors are expected on campus for a university-wide open house. KU's Hispanic Network, a group of faculty and staff members, is the other sponsor.
"We were noticing that Lawrence was really culturally rich," said parade co-chair Laura Razo, member of the Hispanic Network. "We have the Indian art fair and the St. Patrick's Day parade. There was room to do something with the Hispanic culture. We're hoping to educate and share our culture."
The parade starts at 2:30 p.m. and will include more than a dozen entries. One theme will be Dde los Muertos or "Day of the Dead" when many Hispanic cultures remember their dead loved ones.
Chancellor Robert Hemenway will serve as the parade's grand marshal, and Janet Murguia, executive vice chancellor for university relations, will serve as deputy grand marshal.
The deadline for float entries was last week. The deadline for non-float entries is Wednesday. To register, call Razo at 864-7856 or 832-9886, or Anna Ancil at 864-4540.