South Florida prepares to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month (includes video story)

South Florida’s melting pot of Hispanic culture showcases the rich traditions and inspiring stories that will be shared during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

“I’m planning to celebrate the month by enjoying Cuban meals made by my abuela, and learn more about my culture and where my family comes from,” said Isabella Castillo, who is of Cuban and Guatemalan descent. 

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to the significant influence and contributions made by Hispanics across the United States, including the over 2 million who reside in South Florida.

Central and South Americans will proudly celebrate the anniversaries of their countries’ independence at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua celebrate on Sept. 15, Mexico on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

Several free, general admission Hispanic heritage-themed events will take place in South Florida during this time, such as Hispanic Heritage Month at The Wharf Miami and Viva Fort Lauderdale: Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture.

Samantha Gutierrez is a student journalist majoring in Digital Communication and Media. As a bilingual reporter, she enjoys covering stories about her diverse Miami community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in South Florida.

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.


Alexandra Howard is a senior pursuing a dual degree in digital journalism and political science. She intends to later graduate from law school and become an immigration lawyer and political journalist.