“Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.” ~ Irish Proverb
You might recall yesterday’s post wherein I said our time at ArtsPlace ended with the beautiful Latina dancers. Naturally, Crystal and I grabbed our cameras and headed toward them (you can see her in the bottom shot). I love that Lexington has such an international population. You wouldn’t necessarily know that unless you live here. The Universities have naturally brought a varied population, perhaps none larger than students from India. As a result, we have great Indian food. When Toyota built their Camry plant in Lexington satellite city Georgetown, a great number of Japanese made The Bluegrass their home. The result, again, is that we have great Asian dining. The horse and farming industries employ quite a few people of Latino descent. As a result, you guessed it: we have great Mexican restaurants. The Latino community is as civic-ly active as their costumes are colorful. Not only do they frequently participate in events like LexArts Art Weekend, but for the past fifteen years they’ve hosted the Festival Latino de Lexington in September. Over two-days it brings an estimated 30,000 people downtown to celebrate Latin heritage. In fact, their slogan is “Many Cultures, One City.” I find that welcoming. It says we’re all in this together: Latinos, Irish, African-American, Japanese, Native American, Chinese, British, Indian, Italian, you name it. We’re all here in Lexington. Yee-haw, girls! Keep kickin’ up your hillbilly heels.