Festivalgoers dance to the music of Banda Light Aug. 16. Festivalgoers dance to the music of Banda Light at the 2019 Puerto Rican Festival (EMC file photo)

Rochester’s Puerto Rican Festival returns, has new format for 2021

The Puerto Rican Festival of Rochester has announced details for its 51st celebration scheduled for next month.

The two-day celebration will take place at Rochester’s International Plaza from 2 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14 and at Parcel 5 in Rochester from 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21.

Both days of the festival will be free to the public and will feature live music as well as food that celebrates the Latino culture.

“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 as it evolves and ushers in a new era,” Orlando Ortiz, president of the Puerto Rican Festival, said in a July 16 press release. “The changes to the festival schedule and programming in 2021 come because of timing due to COVID-19 restrictions and the organization’s commitment to providing a premier experience to attendees. As we evolve, we are excited to continue our partnership with the City of Rochester, as they have been instrumental in supporting and championing our community for more than 50 years.”

For more information and an updated list of scheduled artists and entertainment, visit http://prfestival.com.

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