Grupo Latino de Piedmont holds first in-person gathering

Shannon Fierro

The group's first in-person gathering drew a crowd.

On Sunday, March 27 over 80 members of the Piedmont community got together for the first in-person gathering of the newly created Grupo Latino de Piedmont. This affinity group is for those in our community who identify as Latino/Hispanic to come together for mutual fellowship, identity, and a sense of supportive belonging.

As Latin music played, papel picado decorations blew in the breeze, kids ran from the playground to the treats and everyone sampled wonderful pupusas, alfajores, Dominican pork and more. “We exchanged stories, talked about our backgrounds and families, and enjoyed fantastic food from all over Latin America,” said Monika Moscoso-Riddle. “This experience strengthened my sense of community and made me feel like we are part of a big multi-country family in Piedmont.” 

This feeling was echoed by many as the group lingered later into the evening, only leaving when the rain drops came. “It was great to bring this community together,” said Angel Fierro. Given the success of this first event, plans are already in the works to gather again soon around common interests. In the words of Monika Moscoso-Riddle: “I can’t wait to meet next time for Zumba at the park!”

If you would like to be included in this group, please email Shannon Fierro at

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