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Join the party in Elizabeth, New Jersey as we celebrate Puerto Rican pride, heritage, and culture during the annual parade and festival! These events are presented by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, the Puerto Rican Alliance of Elizabeth, and generous business sponsors. The theme of this year’s event is “Tradiciones de mi Pueblo.”
The parade will start at Elizabeth’s Union Square on Elizabeth Avenue and High Street. Bring the family and claim a good spot to watch the parade on its 1.2-mile route down Elizabeth Avenue toward the Waterfront. After the parade, the Puerto Rican Festival kicks off at Waterfront Veterans Memorial Park, located at Elizabeth Avenue and Front Street.
The Puerto Rican Festival will feature live music, dancing, and fun for the whole family. Food will be available for purchase from participating food vendors, so load up on delicious festival favorites. Many community organizations will also have booths setup for outreach. The party continues until 8 p.m., so come out and enjoy the celebration of Puerto Rican heritage and culture all afternoon!
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This year’s entertainment includes live music by legendary salsa artist “El Gallo Salsero” — or the Salsa Rooster — Tito Rojas. Rojas is a Puerto Rican singer whose solo recordings in the 1990s put him on the Latin Billboards hit list. His 1995 album “Por Derecho Propio” went double platinum and earned him the distinction of Puerto Rico’s Best Salsa artist in that same year. He’s won many awards over the years and continues to tour worldwide, and now he’s coming to Elizabeth’s Puerto Rican Festival!
Additional stage performances will include two more Latin bands and a DJ for a fun-filled day of music and dance.
Band Warachando is a five person band well-known in New York and New Jersey. They play a variety of Latin musical styles including salsa, merengue, cumbia, bolero, bachata, Cuban classics, and more.
Eddie & Armando Sonjimenez Band will perform as well. Singer Jorge Armando Jimenez, called Sonjimenez or Sonji in the salsa community, has performed with some of the world’s top salsa musicians, and he brings his energetic vocal performance to the festival stage.
DJ Kep was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey and fell in love with hip hop music and culture in his youth. Over years of hustle, he’s built a reputation as both a DJ and producer — and he’ll be at the Puerto Rican Festival mixing it up with unique tracks sure to get you moving.
The guest of honor is Elizabeth, New Jersey native Manny Cabo, the acclaimed singer/songwriter who competed on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2015 and NBC/Telemundo’s “La Voz" in 2019.
The Puerto Rican Alliance of Elizabeth, New Jersey organizes the Puerto Rican Parade and Festival with support from the City of Elizabeth and business sponsors. The alliance seeks to bring the Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities together to share and preserve cultural traditions and heritage. Additional goals include promoting educational programs and scholarships. Learn more about the Puerto Rican Alliance of Elizabeth.