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Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--When Jairo Munoz moved from Columbia to the Corridor 30 years ago, he was welcomed with open arms.

"That talks about how quickly you can adapt," Munoz said.

Munoz and many others enjoyed good food, live music and of course, watched the World Cup at the 3rd Annual Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids, Sunday.

"It's nice to see other areas of Latin American being represented. It's a great way of making all of us understand that although we make look different and speak differently, we all have the same common goals," Munoz said.

Munoz said he misses his family but is thrilled to call Iowa home and see Cedar Rapids embrace his culture.

Organizers wanted to create a 'home away from home' for the Latino community and also provide an opportunity for other cultures to experience the Latino Festival de Cedar Rapids.

"Sometimes that's what we need as a community to be stronger," Anthony Brown said. "Building bridges between cultures."

Brown is the chair for Latino Festival de Cedar Rapids and said it's important to see what else is out there and experience other cultures.

"We're never going to change unless we see something else," Brown added.

And enjoy the key ingredients that Munoz said is what makes a community that much stronger.

"This is what we all connect with. The music, the world cup game of course, is one of the key events we are enjoying here today," Munoz said.

There was something to do for all ages from dancing, painting, playing with bubbles, and watching the final World Cup game. Some teenagers were also playing soccer.

To connect with festival organizers, click here to see their Facebook page.

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