Argentina’s independence celebrated May 25

From left, Catalina Erdociain and Valentina Roca wearing Argentinean colors.

From left, Catalina Erdociain and Valentina Roca wearing Argentinean colors.

While many in Greenwich were focused on the Town Party or Memorial Day festivities, residents also had reason to party on May 25 as they celebrated Argentina’s Independence Day.

Taking advantage of Memorial Day long weekend, the Argentine expat community in Greenwich enjoyed its third annual edition of the Marco Viola Cup May 26, at Riverside Elementary School Fields.

To celebrate with true Argentinean colors, several soccer games were organized and “choripan,” which is Argentinean typical barbecue food, was served to all participants. Adults, in both male and female teams, children under six and children over six were the categories played throughout the day.

According to participants, the food was enjoyed by all and the beautiful weather accompanied the approximately 50 families that participated in the event.

This family day out was organized by the members of the La Pena and Pumas Futbol Club, whose members regularly play in Greenwich and participate in state and regional leagues.

Sebastian Rigada, the team’s captain, said, “Not only is a great day out doing what we love, but it’s also the perfect way to show our children that were mostly born far from Argentina, our culture, our hymn, our pride. The little ones all dressed in Messi shirts and enjoyed the soccer as much as their parents.”

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