Festivalgoers raise their hands in an attempt to catch products being tossed to the crowd between musical acts. (EMC file photo)

Festivalgoers raise their hands in an attempt to catch products being tossed to the crowd between musical acts. (EMC file photo)

2023 Puerto Rican Festival slated for Aug 3-5

The Puerto Rican Festival Inc. announced the dates and artists for its 53rd-annual event.

The festival will take Aug. 3-5 at Innovative Field, formerly known as Frontier Field. The festival will feature live music, food, cultural events and more.

This year’s musical headliners are Alex Matos (Aug. 3), Christian Alicea and Baby Rasta Y Gringo (Aug. 4) and Luis Figueroa and Los Hermanos Rosario (Aug. 5). There will be additional performances by Ecos Borincanos, Sonidos Unidos, La Muralla, Banda Light, Rochester Latino Theatre Co., Los Infieles, Borinquen Dance Theatre and Bachata Rebelde.

“As the longest running ethnic festival in Monroe County, the Puerto Rican Festival board is extremely proud of the history this festival has in the community and humbly honored to carry on its legacy,” Orlando Ortiz, president of the Puerto Rican Festival, said in a press release. “We are excited to bring a great lineup this year. We can’t wait to celebrate and educate others about our culture through food, music, and dance.”

The festival will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 and noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 5. Admission is free Aug. 3 and from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Daily admission tickets for Aug. 4 and 5 are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, $5 for seniors and children, and free for children under 5.

The annual Puerto Rican Parade will take place Aug. 5 before the start of the festival. The parade will have a new route this year. It will kick off at 11 a.m. at the International Plaza, 828 N. Clinton Ave., and will march down North Clinton Avenue to Upper Falls Boulevard to Bausch/Smith Street, Vincent Street to State Street to Brown Street, and end at Innovative Field. The parade route is 1.5 miles.

The 2023 queen and princess will be named at the 53rd-annual Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester Cultural Pageant June 24.

The pageant starts at 2 p.m. at the theater in the Robin and Timothy Wentworth Arts Building at Monroe Community College in Brighton. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The new queen and princess will make their first appearances at the Puerto Rican Festival.

For more information, contact Natalie M. Rodríguez at 585-755-0185 or email misspuertoricoofrochester@gmail.com.

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