FESTIVALS | CELEBRATIONS
Coverage of cultural festivals and events that bring light to the Nuyorican experience.
(July 10, 2017) Another El Barrio tradition comes to fruition under beautiful weather conditions. The 47th Annual 111th Street Stick Ball Tournament and Reunion Festival drew huge numbers to an area, filled with aromatic cuisine, dancing rhythms, and Puerto Rican pride. Performing on the Main Stage: Eddie Zervigon & Orquesta Broadway, and the Mambo Legends Orchestra. The event is held on the second Sunday in July.
PHOTO: Performance artist ‘La Bruja’ was this year’s MC on the mainstage @ 116th Street Festival 2017
(June 10, 2017) El Barrio’s annual “day before” the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NYC) celebration — The 116th Street Festival — enjoyed good weather and a comfortable turn-out. Here are a few shots for Boricuas abroad who couldn’t be there.
PHOTO: Que bonita bandera… face-painting always a favorite with the kids!
(June 3, 2017) The community development organization We Stay/Nos Quedamos honored the late Dra. Evelina Lopez-Antonetty (founder of United Bronx Parents, Inc.), and the daughter who carried on her legacy, Lorraine Montenegro. The awards presentation took place during their “We Are Melrose” Block Party, held on East 160th Street between Elton and Melrose Aves.
PHOTO: José “Dr. Drum” Ortiz con la punta del pie @ BombaYo’s 9th Annual BomBarBecue
(May 28, 2017) BombaYo presented its 9th Annual BomBarBecue at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx. The event celebrates Puerto Rico’s African roots through drum, dance and education.
PHOTO: Actress/activist Liza M Galletti with DEFEND PR @ Loisaida Festival 2017
(May 28, 2017) The 30th Annual Loisaida Festival celebrated their immigrant and migrant communities. The eventful day showcased music, art, dance, and theater performances infused with Samba, Reggae, Bomba y Plena, Bohemia, Mambo, Rock-n-Roll, Flamenco, Cabezones and Nuyorican influences.
(April 1, 2017) The MoCCA Arts Fest returned to the Metropolitan West and the Ink 48 Hotel, for their annual event. Regarded as Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, the event brings together all levels of players and doers en masse.
(February 5, 2017) Finished off the weekend attending the 18th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival. The experience was comfortable and visually regenerative as wave after wave of celebration made its way through of the streets of NYC’s Chinatown. This is an annual celebration that should experienced by every New Yorker, at least once.