Monday, May 12, 2008


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The Annual Loisaida Festival...
An Urban Mix of Salsa, Plena and Hip Hop

Loisaida Inc. will host the Twenty-first Annual Loisaida Festival, along the Avenue C Commercial Corridor in NYC's East Village, from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended the event.
This year’s festival is jam packed with Latino artists and musicians with strong Loisaida bonds. The entertainment line-up includes Salsa Icon, Johnny Pacheco, and his band; Barrio-based Los Pleneros de la 21; the “Charanga” masters, Orquesta Broadway; the “Merengue” band Oro Sólido; and Hip Hop and Reggaeton performers.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will open the festivities, featuring Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán, a Loisaida native.
This year’s festival will include special events for children, youth, and senior citizens.
To honor neighborhood seniors, Loisaida, Inc. has partnered with the Institute for the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly, Inc. to host “Serenata”, an outdoor picnic under the Willow Trees at the Plaza Cultural featuring Latin bolero music, and a traditional Domino tournament.
For youth, Loisaida, Inc. has partner with Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation to sponsor a basketball clinic.
For children, the festival will feature a theatre performance produced by the bilingual children’s theatre company SEA (Sociedad Educativa de las Artes). Cafecito, the popular local Latin restaurant, will join the festivities by hosting a traditional Caribbean pig roast, or in Spanish, “Lechón a la Vara,” a festival staple in Caribbean countries such as Puerto Rico, Cuba and Santo Domingo.
The Loisaida Festival is sponsored by Loisaida Inc., a Hispanic-based non-profit community and economic development organization serving the Lower East Side since 1978.
For more information, visit www.loisaidainc.orgor contact Loisaida at 212-353-0272.

source: press release
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