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Three Kings Day Parranda

Three Kings Day Parranda in Queens: Music, joy and tradition are coming to the streets of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.

R. Evolución Latina, together with Centro Cultural Barco de Papel, group BombaYo and the 82nd Street Partnership present the second annual Three Kings Parranda in Queens. Live music, free books, art and dance workshops, and more family-friendly fun on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.!

Festivities will begin at Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle, located at 83rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue. From there, Broadway actor Luis Salgado and BombaYo will lead the procession, singing traditional Christmas songs from Latin America, including Puerto Rico, along Baxter Avenue to 82nd Street and then Roosevelt Avenue.

Parrandas are a traditional way of delivering well wishes and joy. Following this tradition, the group will make stops at a few establishments throughout the route. The Parranda will end at Centro Cultural Barco de Papel located at 40-03 80th Street, where the fun will continue with a short dance workshop and art activities for kids.

The whole community is invited to join in the celebration.

Centro Cultural Barco de Papel is an active part of the life and culture of New York City. It offers quality programming on a permanent basis. Their activities have led an intercultural dialogue among writers and authors who represent Latino society. This space is available for all those persons who want to share their works with the community.

BombaYo is a project dedicated to the preservation of the rich Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of bomba. Bomba developed in Puerto Rico over a period of 300 years, whose music and dance has Congolese and West African roots molded with aboriginal and European elements. With the direction of José L. Ortiz, "Dr. Drum," and folklorist Melinda González, the group Bombayo surged from the streets of the Bronx, the same birthplace of hip hop and where salsa took root in New York City.

R. Evolución Latina is an organization that utilizes the arts based upon educational and collaborative programming to inspire the Latin American community to discover their utmost potential. Using the mediums of workshops, classes and summer camps, R. Evolución Latina helps in the formation and diffusion of art to new generations using programs in various disciplines such as dance, theater, music, voice and so much more. While delving deeper into these mediums, participants have enjoyed the world that the arts has opened up to them.

The 82nd Street Partnership is a Business Improvement District that is devoted to supporting business growth by creating a cleaner, more welcoming and sustainable neighborhood for everyone. It provides a range of local economic development programs, including neighborhood marketing, placemaking, streetscape beautification, supplemental sanitation, and advocacy.

Luis Salgado is “one of the young Latinos on Broadway who has dedicated his entire life to both dance and social work” as quoted in Broadway World. Throughout his career, Salgado has been honored as a choreographer and performer for his exceptional talents and vision to paint a story through movement. In the past 3 years his work has been focused as a director and producer with his company Salgado Productions, which is committed to making “Art with A Purpose.”

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