Whether it’s a big or small party, so much goes into planning a quinceañera. From choosing a chambelan and picking out the court (and their dresses!), to inviting guests, picking out the food, music – the list goes on! Not to mention, that aside from all those important details is the choosing of the dress, which must be carefully thought out for such a special and memorable day. And for those whose ultimate birthday wish is to get their Latinx community to vote, that can now be a birthday-wish-come-true thanks to #PoderQuince.
Getting guests to vote at a quince might be the latest trend to take over
According to their website, the movement “works to build a culture of voting rooted in the power of quinceañeras and the Latino way of life.” Houston-native, Aleida Ramos recently participated in the movement by urging her party guests, who were mostly Hispanic, to take action and vote at her own party.
During her birthday celebration, the 15-year-old made room for Jolt Initiative, a Texas-based non-profit organization that increases civic participation of Latinos and ensures their voices be heard. She and her father not only thanked those who were present but also gave a speech on the importance of voting. According to NBC News, the lady of the hour wanted to support her family and friends "with what I can, and that is my vote."
Thanks to #PoderQuince quinceañeras can have a voter registration set up at their birthday party
Her older sister, Bethany Cano, who’s 21, believes this might become a trend. “It’s a good idea that every Latina can have this speech and empower girls to know that when they turn 18 they can have a voice,” she said.
So there you go! Now, next to dancing with the tios and the tias, eating yummy cake and soaking up all the attention, one can still make a difference by urging their guests to register to vote.