ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A big hit In a series of cultural festivals, the Roselle Park’s Casano Community Center is celebrating the diverse heritage of the borough’s residents with a dynamic series of festivals.

A lively Peruvian Day event, organized by Jackie Templeton and her husband, Roselle Park Fifth Ward Councilman Richard G. Templeton III, packed the center with crowd of almost 250 people on Sunday, July 12.

“We want to honor the tremendous cultural diversity we see today,” Roselle Park Mayor Carl Hokanson said. “It’s an extension of our traditional festivities honoring St. Patrick’s Day.”

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Hokanson praised the Templetons and Rupen Shah, executive director of the Casano Center, for their work in putting together and running Peruvian Day. The event was “an outstanding success,” he said.

Roselle Park Second Ward Councilman Joe Petrosky, Casano Community Center Council Member Maxine Padulsky and Casano Community Center Association officers Eva Boyko, Rosemarie, Gladys, Terri, Eleanor and Sonia also rolled up their sleeves to help, Hokanson said.

Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan and Freeholder Sergio Granados were among the guests.

The event featured dances and songs by performers wearing traditional Peruvian costumes, including Moises Chaupiz and El Varon del Folklore. A buffet of the country’s cuisine was donated by Cebbellini Restaurant in Elizabeth and Don Alex Peruvian Restaurant. Peruvians for Progress also supported the celebration. 

A Colombian Day party will be held July 26. August 16 will be Italian Day, and a September 27 event will focus on Polish and Slavic culture, according to Shah.