Celebrating Afro-Latin Roots at Loíza Festival

At the Loíza festival. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

The Loíza festival, which celebrates Afro-Latino culture in Manhattan’s El Barrio, was held during the last weekend in July. Manhattan Times reports on the events, which featured music, dance, food and much more.

Bomba y plena, salsa, handcrafts, and foods rooted in Afro-Puerto Rican fare transported festivalgoers to the city of Loíza, Puerto Rico, founded by “cimarrones” or maroons.

Among this year’s highlights was the co-naming of the street and unveiling of the street sign in honor of Aida Pérez, one of the founders of the Loíza Festival.

The naming took place at 105th Street and Lexington Avenue, the original festival’s site.

Go to Manhattan Times for a gallery of photos from the event.

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