Locals celebrate Peru Independence Day on Wednesday in Atlantic City. Photo courtesy of Mimi Nambo.

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ATLANTIC CITY — Peru natives and supporters on Wednesday celebrated Peru Independence Day, celebrating 200 years.

It was the first Peruvian celebration in Atlantic City by organizers.

Peru was first colonized by the Spanish in the 15th century. In 1824, following the decisive victory that came at the Battle of Ayacucho, under the leadership of Simon Bolivar and Jose San Martin, Peru won its independence.

Highlighting the great culture and leadership in South Jersey’s Hispanic community.

In Atlantic City, there was a Peruvian flag raising, playing of its National Anthem, along with food and music from the Peruvian community. Jose Gabriel Mesones, member of the nonprofit La hermandad de los Milagros, was the main organizer.

The celebration is another sign of the rich, valued and proud diversity within the Latino community in Atlantic County and South Jersey.

Here are some of the pictures connected with the celebration, provided by Mimi Nambo.

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