Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story mistook this celebration for the annual Puerto Rican Festival typically held alongside the parade. This story has been updated.
HUMBOLDT PARK — A Humboldt Park festival celebrating all things Puerto Rican is set for this weekend.
Fiesta Boricua De Bandera a Bandera, now in its 38th year, will take over Division Street from Western to California avenues noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with live music, food and vendors — “a total immersion into Puerto Rican culture,” organizers said in a news release.
This year’s celebration will honor the 40th anniversary of Puerto Rican poet Juan Antonio Corretjer’s poem, “Boricua en Luna,” and the Puerto Rican town of Ciales, founded more than 200 years ago. Musicians, dancers and artisans from Ciales will be featured at the event, organizers said.
The event will also double as a back-to-school event with carnival rides, games and free COVID-19 vaccinations. The first 500 kids ages 12-18 who get vaccinated at the festival will get a wristband for free carnival rides all weekend long.
The neighborhood’s annual Puerto Rican Festival also is set for this month, organized by the Daniel Ramos Puerto Rican Festival Committee. Typically that event is held the same weekend of the parade but was pushed back to this month in accordance with the city’s reopening plan.
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