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