Come to the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Learn How to Dance Bomba!

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Title: 31st Fiestas Puertorriqueñas Location: Humboldt Park Dates: June 13-16, 2013
Puerto Ricans are the second biggest Latino community in Chicago (more than 113 000 according to the 2000 census). This community, whose presence in the Windy City dates back to the 1940s, is celebrating the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival this weekend. This event takes place along Paseo Boricua on Division Street (between California and Western Ave) in Humboldt Park, a neighborhood considered as the heart of all things Puerto Rican in Chicago. The festival honors the nearly 4 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and all people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing in the mainland U.S. This celebration has become the largest attended Latino festival in the city of Chicago and in the Midwest. It features four days of fun, food, and festivities.
Also, tomorrow Saturday June 15, the fest will be the epicenter of the Puerto Rican People’s Parade, which starts at noon at Division and Western Avenue. if you go to he People’s parade tomorrow, stop by Africaribe Open House between 11am and 3pm on Paseo Boricua. Get a quick tour, stay for their free workshop and join them for a Bombazo! Bring your drums, chairs, and Bomba skirts. You don’t know about Bomba? Then click here. It is music that will make your body dance. You will have a great time trying it! Here is the link with more information about this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/530258697032470/. And here is the schedule for the festival entertainment:

Festival Entertainment
Thursday
2:00PM – Open Cut Ribbon Ceremony
3:00PM – Welcome & Pastors Presentation
3:30PM – House Music by DJ Rafy
4:30PM – Tito Vega (Christian)
5:30PM – Orquesta Nissi (Christian)
6:30PM – Freddy Kenton
8:00PM – Willie Garcia y su Orq. Sabor

Friday
5:00PM – Omi Kennedy “El mas Completo”
6:00PM – Plena Libre
7:30PM – Luisito Carrion

Saturday
1:00PM – House Music by DJ Rafy
2:00PM – Anthem & Speeches
3:15PM – Carlitos Rey celebrando 40 años
4:30PM – Asi Somos
6:00PM – Duelo de Soneros
(Kayvan Vega, Sammy Gonzalez & Cano de Sabana Seca)
7:30PM – Orquesta Mulenze

Sunday
11:00AM – Misa (Mass)
12:30PM – Show Jibaro
1:30PM – BomPleneras
2:45PM – Mambo Seven
4:00PM – The Juke Box (Beatles tribute)
5:45PM – Grupo KARIS
7:30PM – NG2

Puerto Rican Festivities in Chicago started today!

While President Obama is visiting Puerto Rico (who, by the way, is the  the first sitting U.S. president to visit Puerto Rico in 50 years), the Puerto Ricans living in Chicago already started their Patron Saint festivities in the Humboldt Park neighborhood today.  According to the Puerto Rican Parade Committee, this six-day festival is the largest Latin Music Festival in the Midwest. “Humboldt Park is Chicago’s area’s historic Puerto Rican center and home to the city’s third-largest concentration of Puerto Ricans. About 113,000 Chicago residents claim Puerto Rican descent, second only to New York” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Salsa and Bomba lovers will have the chance to dance to the music of many of the local bands and others such as Herman Olivera (ex-singer of Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra) and two-time Grammy Award winners Spanish Harlem Orchestra. For a detailed schedule and a list of the musicians performing at this festival, click here. If you want to attend the parade on June 18, go to downtown Chicago at 12 noon, by Columbus Dr. & Balbo Dr. And If you decide to go to Humboldt Park after that, I would recommend going to Coco’s restaurant on 2723 West Division Street and try their Coconut martini. It may be too sweet for some, but for me it is just delicious! Do any of you have any other recommendations for things to do in Humboldt Park?