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Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. August 3-5


The Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center hosts the 44th Annual Puerto Rican Parade & Latino Festival of Cleveland—cultivating, preserving, showcasing, and inspiring the Latino community in Northeast Ohio and beyond.


Herman Olivera

The Puerto Rican Parade & Latino Festival celebrates Latino heritage and the diversity of Cleveland, drawing a yearly estimated attendance of 60,000. The 2012 Festival will take place on Friday, August 3, 2012, from 5PM-12AM, Saturday, August 4, from 12PM-12AM, and Sunday, August 5th from 12PM-10PM at the Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot, 1500 South Marginal Road, Cleveland.


Featuring the “Past & Present of Salsa Music” with two live 90 minute performances of new star group N’KLABE (8/4/12 at 10PM), with a couple #1 singles on the Billboard Tropical Airplay in less than three months under their belt and the legendary singer Herman Olivera y Orquesta (8/5/12 at 8PM). The opening act for both featured artists will be well known versatile comedian Josue Torres (8/4-5/12) of Puerto Rico, creator of such characters as “Chef KaKo Viste.”


It promises to be an energetic fun filled weekend, with many talented local musicians, dance groups and introducing a more interactive format with several open competitions and prizes. As well as the recognizing of Latino contributions to the underground entertainment community in Cleveland, with the long overdue “2012 Shadow Awards” (8/3/12 at 9PM), allowing open nominations of local Latin artists and choosing the award winners for 3 categories by online voting, named after a Cleveland urban legend José “Shadow” Lebrón who passed away over two decades ago.


The Puerto Rican Parade, scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd at 1:30PM in Downtown Cleveland is always the colorfully vivid and boisterous main attraction, a showcasing of Puerto Rican pride and Latino culture. The route will be from East 13th Street and Superior westbound to East 9th Street turning to North Marginal Road to Festival Grounds.


The organizers of the annual event were founded by a group of dedicated and committed parents and teachers. The Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center has been home to an array of arts-based programs, theatrical and musical performances. A gathering place to infuse the Latino culture into the community, celebrate our rich cultural heritage with free classes and youth oriented endeavors.


The Puerto Rican Parade & Latino Festival is the culmination of this mission. People of all ages and ethnicities are welcome to come together to learn, share, create, and celebrate. All three days are open to the general public to enjoy the lively diverse atmosphere.


For additional information please log on to our website at www.juliadeburgos.org or you may call us with any questions at (216) 961-2970.


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