Today in El Diario: Colombians Know How to Throw a Royal Wedding Party


Latinos to celebrate royal wedding

Colombians always find a reason to throw a party, according to the Spanish-language daily.

In England, there are said to be 5,500 neighborhood parties planned to celebrate Friday’s royal wedding — and some of these will be hosted by Colombians. At these events, there will be chicken and yellow rice, and South American distilled alcohol, as England’s Colombian community watches Prince William and Kate Middleton get hitched, the paper reports.

“What happens is that Colombians will always find an excuse to celebrate,” Claudia Sarasti, a Colombian who plans on having a party on the day of the wedding at Distriandina, a restaurant in south London.

“We’re going to start with a steak, and send a little to William and Kate,” joked Jesuscristo Velez, who helped organize the party. “We’re also going to have Colombian ice cream, spirits, and a black cake, which is a traditional Colombian wedding cake.”

The restaurant’s nearly 50 employees are invited to the party, which will be in front of the business, if time permits, El Diario reports.

“We’re going to have raffles and contests,” Velez, a Medellin native, told the paper. “There will be children, dogs, cats, and birds. We’re going to decorate the street. It’s going to be like a carnival.”

Gladys Diaz, a Colombian who plans on selling traditional ice cream, confirmed that attendees will dance to salsa, bachata, and merengue far into the night.

“We hope to be here until the sun comes out,” she told the newspaper.”It’s my first royal wedding.”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 28, 2011


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