Joliet Central to host 3rd annual Kermés celebration
4/4/2018, 8:18 p.m.
Joliet Central High School will host their third annual Kermés, a celebratory
festival to honor the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, on Thursday, April 19, in the
Joliet Central Student Center. The "Sí Se Puede" (Yes We Can) Festival is a free
event open to the community, alumni, parents, students, staff and the general
The family-friendly festival begins at 4:30 p.m. with a performance of the national
anthem by the Joliet Central Band. In addition, the Kermés Committee will read the
winning essays of the Follow Your Dream Scholarship recipients. Local community
organizations and student groups will have exhibit tables throughout the floor,
highlighting this year's theme of "Cultural Preservation, Community Pride, and
Joliet Central teacher Jeff Grimes said, "We're excited to invite the community into
our school to celebrate one of Joliet's greatest assets: its cultural and ethnic
At 5 p.m., student and community performances will include: student performances,
Irish dancers, and musical groups Los Coroneles, Tamborazo Rancho Bonito and
Tamborazo Los Talibanes. Afterwards, a Kermés celebration will be held that includes food, entertainment, music, dancing and more. It will be a cultural experience for all ages. Please visit the Joliet Central "Si Se Puede" Kermes - Cultural Fun Fair Facebook event page for the latest
updates. Joliet Central teacher Colleen Seneker said, "Historically, Joliet has been a destination for newcomers from all over the globe. We want people to celebrate and be proud of the diversity that strengthens our city and makes it so unique."
Joliet Central teacher Colleen Seneker said, "Historically, Joliet has been a
destination for newcomers from all over the globe. We want people to celebrate and
be proud of the diversity that strengthens our city and makes it so unique."