Monthly Archives: April 2011

A quinceanera dream comes true

Diana Lopez’s dream came true Sunday under a stormy sky and inside a tent big enough to hold 200 tearful guests at her quinceanera party.

“I’m so happy,” she told them from her wheelchair. “Thank you all for coming. Thank everyone who made this possible.”

That would be a lot of people. Several months ago, when Diana mentioned her wish, the staff at Sub-Acute Saratoga Children’s Hospital, where she lives, agreed to take it on even though it didn’t have the money and didn’t know much about the traditional rite of passage for Latinas turning 15. But after word of Diana’s dream got around, donations and volunteers poured in.

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In Texas, Quinceañeras Remain a Recession-Proof Industry

Cecilia Gabriel of Dallas, Texas, is frantically looking for a place to hold her daughter Jacqueline’s quinceañera. It isn’t easy. “It’s coming up in September. We waited too long,” says Gabriel. For many, the15th birthday rite of passage in Latino culture is an event that must be planned at least a year in advance, if not longer.

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