Puerto Rican mask tradition to be featured in International Festival parade


‘Las Mascaras’ … Puerto Rico! 🇵🇷 … oh, the memories!!

Repeating Islands

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A report by Jon Wysochanski for The Chronicle.

The Lorain (Ohio) Arts Council aims to unify cultures with folkloric masks during this year’s International Festival parade.

More than a dozen people were present Monday at the Lorain Arts Council headquarters, 737 Broadway, to hear Kenneth Melendez, a Puerto Rican musician and artist, talk about Puerto Rican festivals and folkloric masks.

Melendez travels the world as a Latin music percussionist, and he also teaches people how to make vejigante masks. Vejigantes are characters associated with festivities that occur on different parts of Puerto Rico during the year.

In Ponce, a carnival occurs in February nine days before Lent. In Hatillo, Las Mascaras occurs in December for three weeks. In Loiza in July, the Festivity of St. Aposto is celebrated.

All the carnivals involve masked characters, vibrant colorful costumes, shoes with bells and religious symbolism, which Melendez said originally came to…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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