The 152nd Street Festival 2023 launches the 2023 National Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrations with a family street fair of live music, dancing, food, and activities for little Boricuas, on 152nd St between Jackson and Tinton Ave in Longwood, The Bronx; on Saturday, May 27, 2023. 🇵🇷
Bring la bandera mas bonita and get ready for some good bomba, plena, and música jíbara; salsa and reggaeton too.
Oh, and we are a friendly people. Everyone is welcome. Come party with us!
152nd Street Festival 2023 is a Fiesta Patronales
This is basically a patron saint festival Bronx Puerto Rican style. Every little town in Puerto Rico has its own fiesta patronales. This is the Bronx version.
Just like in Puerto Rico, kioskos will be selling la comida criolla (home food) and drink, and artisanal arts and crafts. There are lots of things for kids to do.
The patron saint of The Bronx is celebrated in August, but in Puerto Rico, Lajas and Toa Alto have festivals around this time. Lajas celebrates El Festival de la Piña Paradisíaca (Pineapple Paradise Festival). Toa Alta honors San Fernando.
Whatever, we never need much of an excuse to have a party. ¡Somos Boricua!
A Modern Taíno Areíto
If you think about it, the 152nd Street Festival is a modern version of an Indigenous Taíno areíto. That’s a tribal gathering where everyone comes together. We drum, sing, dance, pray, and tell the stories of our people. We eat, drink, laugh, and afterwards we, well you know.
It’s also a time and place where we teach our children who they are. It’s when we pass our culture down through the generations.
The colonizers said we died out, but we didn’t. They just stopped counting us. El tribu vive en la communidad Puertorriqueña. The tribe lives in the Puerto Rican community.