Spread Love: 50th Annual Loíza Festival

July 28th | July 29th | July 30th — 11:00AM to 8PM (All Days)
E 109th St (Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), NY NY.
FREE | Please RSVP your attendance here.

The Annual Festival Santiago Apóstol de Loíza in El Barrio celebrates a half century of African influence of the Puerto Rican and Latino immigrant communities settled in New York City. Now in its 50th year, the event also known as Loiza Festival in El Barrio will celebrate its anniversary milestone bringing the traditional costumes, live bomba, plena and salsa, dance, handcrafts, and foods that celebrate the Puerto Rican community in New York. This year, the festival will feature a special street naming in honor one of the founders Aida Perez, who died in 2012 after a life of bringing Afro-Latino history to NYC streets.

Loíza Festival will be a celebration open to all communities with the purpose of continuing its mission of preserving, sharing and celebrating afro-Latino roots and culture. Experience one of the few remaining Latinx cultural festivals in New York City.

Related: The Loiza Festival – The Recap

The talent lineup includes: Los Pleneros de la 21, Flaco Navaja & The Razor Blades, Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez (Tito Puente’s Orchestra), Milteri Tucker & Bombazo, Mateo y Cumbalaya, 5 En Plena, Bronx Charanaga, Legacy Women (on the float), Herencia de Plena, Son del Monte. Presented by family-run, community-based organization and festival’s founder Los Hermanos Fraternos De Loíza; the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in association with Taíno Towers – El Barrio Fuerte.

Photography by Mario Carrion

Related: The Loiza Festival – The Recap

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