BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
VINELAND — Cumberland County’s largest festival celebrating the Puerto Rican heritage will kick off later this month with flag raisings in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland and four days of celebration.
The festival, one of the largest celebrating the Puerto Rican culture in New Jersey, is put on annually by Festival Puertorriqueño de New Jersey Inc., a non-profit organization with the goal of enlightening our community and youth about our Puerto Rican heritage.
The 55th annual Vineland Puerto Rican Festival flag raising to will take place at Vineland City Hall on Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. That will be followed by a second flag raising at the Millville City Hall Monday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m. and then at the Cumberland County Courthouse at 5 p.m.
“The festival celebrates an annual week long festivity where families from our community and surrounding states join us in celebration of their ancestral heritage and culture. In previous years over 25,000 people have attended this week long celebration,” said Leonides Negron, president of Festival Puertorriqueño in a statement.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to hold our Puerto Rican Festival week for the past two years due to the COVID-19. We plan to hold our festivities beginning on July 23rd through July 31, 2022 starting with our Grand Annual Banquet and Awards ceremony and ending on Sunday with the Festival Parade down Landis Ave to Landis Park for closing ceremonies which end in the evening amid music, artistic entertainment, good food and much more.”
Festivities will resume at Landis Park in Vineland at the end of the week, starting with Kid’s Day on Thursday, July 28. Crafts and entertainment for children will begin at 3 p.m., with rides opening at 5 p.m. and local talent performances at 5:30 p.m.
The celebration opens for adults with Folkloric Day starting at 5 p.m. in Landis Park with rides, music, entertainments and vendors through 11 p.m.
The festival will celebrate International Latin Day at the park from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
The festival will wrap up on Sunday, July 31, starting Landis Park opening at noon, followed by a parade at 1 p.m. with ensuing rides, music and food.
The Puerto Rican Festival is sponsored in part by the Cultural Heritage Commission of Cumberland County. If you are interested in being a part of these activities or participating in the parade please call (856) 696-1147 or contact by email at: prvfestival16 @aol.com
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