Annual Events

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Impressions of Fiesta Boricua 2016

By Omar Torres-Kortright  For 23 years the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, named in honor of Poet and activist Juan Antonio Corretjer, has mobilized hundreds of volunteers to organize and execute Fiesta Boricua, the only festival in Chicago that closes traffic for two full days in the area known as Paseo Boricua, located on Division Street between the famous Puerto Rican flags on Western and California in Humboldt Park. Every year the festivities take place during Labor Day Weekend. During those 23 years the festival has undergone significant changes, adapting to the ups and downs in the economy and shrinking budgets from sponsors. For many community festivals, a $100,000 budget cut would mean the end of a well-intentioned volunteer-run initiative. The garbage pickup is also run by volunteers like Lourdes Lugo, who I’ve been trying to say hi to for the last hour but she’s too focused on getting as much done before night falls. She speeds by me and goes to the next pickup. Volunteers and paid staff are everywhere but the task at hand is immense. Fiesta Boricua has managed to stay afloat and reinvent itself with the concept: “Lo ...
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Fiesta Boricua 2016!

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37th Puerto Rican Peoples Parade: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Steel Flags, the Baseball Leagues and Cocineros Unidos de Humboldt Park

By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center Saturday's heat and mugginess did not keep Puerto Ricans from standing in line to show their support. As early as 11:30 AM, despite the parade starting at 2 PM, residents and other Puerto Ricans were setting out their lawn chairs and coolers to get front row seating for the parade. By the time the parade would start at 2:10, from storefront to gate, Puerto Ricans, Latinos and community residents stood watching floats from community organizations like the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, AfriCaribe and ASPIRA to political contingents like 1st ward alderman, Joe Moreno, 26th ward Alderman, Roberto Maldonado, and the National Boricua Human Rights Network- Chicago chapter. Toddlers walked hand in hand with their parents or from their strollers perched on floats, watched the crowd cheer them on. When a Pedro Albizu Campos High School alum stood on a float in the middle of California and Division Street's intersection to sing "Despierta Boricua," the crowd either stood silent or joined in, many with fists raised in the air. The Parade this year was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the ...
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Haunted Paseo Boricua! Enthusiastic crowd of community organizers, volunteers and business owners shared treats, games!

Friday, October 31, 2014--Chicago IL. "Haunted Paseo rain, snow or else....is happening". An enthusiastic crowd of community organizers, volunteers and business owners shared treats, games and fun activities with dozens of families on the 13th edition Haunted Paseo, this year dedicated to the extravagant Carnival Circus theme. Even with the wicked weather, many came out and enjoy the event to the fullest. Children all ages were able to participate of diverse activities from dance contests, face painting, a petting zoo, a haunted circus among others including healthy treats and candy in different fashions. Haunted Paseo was made possible by the extraordinary support of  Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Barreto's Union League Boys and Girls Club, Roberto Clemente High School, La Voz del Paseo Boricua, Batey Urbano, Diabetes Empowerment Center, Bacca, Affordable Care Act (ACA), El Rescate, Women for Paseo, Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care, Vida/SIDA, AfriCaribe, La Bruquena Restaurant, West Town Bikes, DSBDA and all the families of Humboldt Park and neighboring communities--"Por decir Presente"! ...
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American Heart Association Supports Parade Efforts!

On June 13th, the PRCC received a donation of 25 cases of water from Fil Mendez Guipoco (Health Equity Director) and Lyzeth M. Mondragon (Administrative Associate) from the American Heart Association to assist in this year's Puerto Rican People's Day Parade & Festival. Because of their support, we were able to provide bottled water to 600 partakers, volunteers, and community residence that participated in the parade. The Puerto Rican People's Day Parade was a huge success, in part due to their help. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center appreciates the contribution that was made and would like to thank Fil Mendez Guipoco and Lyzeth M. Mondragon for their generosity ...
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Diabetes Empowerment Center and Muevete Present! at People’s Parade

The Greater Humboldt Park Community Diabetes Empowerment Center's Muévete Physical Activity Program, ¡Dijo Presente!  The Sun shined on us Saturday, June 14, 2014, as we celebrated along with community the 36th annual and 2nd United Puerto Rican People's Parade. Participants, staff, instructors and volunteers showed their beautiful smile while waving the Puerto Rican Flag Parading down Division street in Humboldt Park, and the crowd responded with chants and cheers while weaving proudly the Puerto Rican flags. It was truly a day of pride and celebration on Division St. Join us for Health Education classes: Nutrition Education, Food Demonstrations, Diabetes Prevention and Medication Education.  Muévete: Dance-aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, seasonal walking and biking groups. Heart Health Screenings and more... The Greater Humboldt Park Diabetes Empowerment Center is located at 2753 W. Division St. is opened on Monday and Friday 8:30am-5:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am-7:00pm. 773-342-0855 ...
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El Rescate Youth and Staff Represent at People’s Parade!

  El Rescate and it's youth represented well at this years 2nd United Puerto Rican People's Parade. No matter their ethnicity, everyone celebrated with pride. What a beautiful turn out! The weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic time. We could have asked for a better day ...
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Gov Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Preckwinkle lead 2nd Annual United Puerto Rican Peoples Parade on Paseo Boricua

  With thousands waving, the 2nd Annual United Puerto Rican Peoples parade took off from Division and Western, on Sat. June 14, headed by such prominent personalities as Gov Quinn, President Preckwinkle, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Also among the honored guests were Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, State Sen Iris Martínez, State Reps, Luis Arroyo and Cynthia Soto, Cook County Assessor Jose Berrios, County County Commissioner Elect Luis Arroyo Jr, and Aldermen Ray Suarez, Ariel Reboyras, Joe Moreno and Roberto Maldonado. The Parade's Grand Marshall was Puerto Rican House of Representative member Víctor L. Vassallo Anadón and it was dedicated to the Congressional Gold Medal Awardee the "Borinqueneers" which included Chicago's very own radio legend Raul Cardona, and to the 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente High School. The presence of the HS was felt throughout the parade as thousands waved fans alluding to the 40th anniversary and as hundreds of students and staff from the school marched in the parade itself headed by Principal Marcey Sorensen and her leadership team. It should also be noted that this year's winner of the Commemorative Poster contest, Maricella Colon, was prominently headlined as the cover page ...
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