The Central American Federation (COFECA, based on Spanish language acronym) was formed in 1983 as a form of protest against U.S. intervention in Central America. While the wars continued in those countries during that time, COFECA united those communities in Los Angeles and once peace was reached, decided to focus their organization more towards preserving the art and culture of those communities. Their work is focused on organizing an annual festival and parade over 2 days held generally in the middle of September, celebrating the cultures, including food, music, traditional dress, language and other customs of those countries.
COFECA is led by 12 members representing 7 countries in Central America. Their goal is to preserve the culture above all by transmitting it to young people and including them in the celebration. They also bring artists and communities from Central American countries to perform and take part in each celebration. Each year is hosted by a different country. They consider this work also a part of uplifting the value of Central American immigrants who are facing an anti-immigrant backlash. They participate in coalitions defending the broader rights of immigrants in the city.
A cultural practice is always being attentive - in every detail - every day - of not forgetting your roots. And maintaining it alive in music and food - in every detail of life - showing a little of our culture and county - Juana Rosales