Miami is set to celebrate Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián (San Sebastian Street Festival) - a yearly festival celebrated in Puerto Rico which Miami has adapted in the past years. The event is scheduled for this Saturday, January 10 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove.
The fiesta will include entertainment, artisans and typical island and Latin American food starting at noon. Artists scheduled to perform so far are some of Miami local talents: Lefty Perez, Melina Almodóvar ‘la muñeca de la salsa’ (the doll of salsa), Melina Leon, Giselle Tavera, Tito Puente Jr. and DJ Phred. And to give it a more typical island feel, plena groups, trovadores and cabezudos not only will bring back memories for those no longer living in Puerto Rico but also share with other nationalities the roots of Puerto Rico’s music. It will be Plena del Mar, Plenatarium and Fórmula Jibara that will have the honors to perform the island favorites for the attendees.
The third Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastián in Miami cherishes and conserves the religious significance of the event along with a cultural interchange which makes it an international boricua feast. “Se trata de dar a todos los que estamos fuera de la isla ese calorcito puertorriqueño, y que la gente vea lo que la isla tiene que ofrecer,” stated Manny Flores (It is about giving everyone that is out of the island that Puerto Rican warmth, and getting people to see what the island has to offer).
Serving as hosts and presenters this year are singer Melina Almodovar who will also perform, Miss Mundo Puerto Rico 2012 Janelee Chaparo, actor and model Gustavo Juarbe, producer Gigi Diaz and CNN’s collaborator Erick Cuesta.
Miami residents and those planning to head down south this weekend will join in on the cultural fun the Fiesta de la Calle San Sebastián in Miami has to offer this year.