In Loíza, the Afro-Boricua Population Won’t Let a Hurricane Wipe Out Their Traditions

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO …. #StillStanding … Boricua Spirit!!

Repeating Islands

loizHere is an article by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (Remezcla) on the annual Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol. You must not miss his excellent photos of the events.

Much like the rest of the island, Loíza – a northeastern coastal town in Puerto Rico – is still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane María and the (now widely reported) mismanaged and inept response by government officials. Still, despite the challenges that remain 10 months later, on July 20, in a demonstration of resilience and fortitude, grounded in culture and tradition that is uniquely Puerto Rican, the community came together to celebrate the annual Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol.

The weeklong celebration, one of the most vibrant and culturally significant on the island, attracted a crowd as diverse and colorful as the costumes and traditional garb worn by bomba dancers, young and old, who performed for smiling and enthusiastic crowds. Thousands gathered…

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