Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival Honors the Life of Puerto Ricans and Their Contributions to the World'

Unveiling of Julia de Burgos stamp, educational exhibit of the Borinqueneers, music, dancing, food and more.


October 23, 2010 at City Hall and Tranquility Park in Downtown Houston from 10 a.m to 10 p.m.

HOUSTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Puerto Ricans and Cubans have an opportunity to celebrate and be proud of their contributions to the world through the now legendary Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival taking place in Houston each year during the fall. The festival will honor the life of renowned Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos with the unveiling of a stamp recently released by the U.S. Postal Service. The ceremony will include officials from the Postal Service and local community leaders.


The PRC Festival this year will include a historical and educational exhibit of the Borinqueneers. This is a Puerto Rican Club designed to educate younger generations by honoring the only segregated Hispanic Battalion in the United States Army, lead and composed of only Puerto Rican soldiers in the United States Armed Forces who served in WW-I, WW-2, Korea, Vietnam, and Pearl Harbor. The contributions to the United States that these Puerto Rican soldiers endured were never recorded in the history books. A few of these Puerto Rican U.S. veterans continue documenting their journey, and will be at the Festival to share their personal story.


Performers of the festival include international headliners and Grammy Award Winner Grupo Mania, and Four Times Grammy nominee Plena Libre. Additionally, six orchestras will perform including Angelucho y Copa Cabana, Mi Rumba, Rectorado del Son. Dance showcases will highlight the history of Salsa featuring the #1 Salsa Choreographers in Puerto Rico and the world; Tito and Tamara.


"Each year the Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival is a moment to be proud to be Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and celebrate our culture," said Javier Ferrer, the lead organizer and creator of the Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival. "We honor this year those who have made history and those who are proud of their Spanish Caribbean heritage, music, food and contributions to the world, and for that, we celebrate."


In addition to the musical performances, Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican restaurants will offer Caribbean delicacies. A portion of the PRC Festival proceeds will be donated to Project Arise helping victims of domestic abuse.


Sponsors of the PRC Festival include Bud Light, Cricket Wireless, Red Bull, Orbit, Goya Foods, Houston Astros, Ferrer Productions, among others.


For more information visit: http://www.prcfestival.com/ and for tickets: http://prcfestival.com/tickets.html


About PRC Festival:
PRC (Puerto Rican & Cuban) Festival is a family one-day event that attracts more than 20,000 fans in Downtown Houston during the fall. With top salsa, merengue, plena and bachata acts, PRC Festival entertains Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Houstonians who love Caribbean music, regardless of their countries of origin. For more information, please visit http://www.prcfestival.com/.

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