40th Festival Betances in Boston (July 20th)

40th-Festival-Betances-in-BostonThe Festival Betances in Boston features three days of free fun and excitement. It is considered as the oldest Latino festival in all of New England. It covers concerts, dance performances, family activities, arts and crafts, and more. All of which highlight the diversity of the Latino culture.

The event will be at the Plaza Betances, located on West Dudham Street in Boston. The festival is considered as one of the greatest opportunities for the Latino community to celebrate their very own forms of arts and crafts right in New England.

What to Expect

Festival Betances provides awesome Latin entertainment, artisans, and lots of Boston attractions. This grand Boston event attracts about 5,000 people coming within and outside the city. These people come to the festival in order to taste, touch, and feel the rhythms of Puerto Rico, as well as Latin America.

The fun begins with an Inaugural Procession which brings activities for the whole family. These activities may include the Noche de Bohemia and more. Visit the Plaza Betances mural, inspired by the life of Dr. Ramon Betances. The mural actually contains a portait of Dr. Betances, together with the flag of Lares insurrection, scenes from the history, as well as the fauna and flora found in Puerto Rico.

  • Concerts and Dance Performances: A festival will never be complete without a series of concerts and dance performances. During the Festival Betances, expect to see and listen to stunning numbers that showcase the culture of the Latino.
  • Good Food: Of course, one of the highlights of every Latino event is the food. There will be several vendors of Latin food and delicacies all over the venue.
  • Arts and Crafts: Engage in the culture of the Latino by looking into several works of arts and crafts done by the best local artists in New England, particularly in Boston.
  • Youth Day: A day will be dedicated to the young people, wherein the festival will be filled with activities enjoyed by the youth.

About Dr. Ramon Betances

Dr. Ramon Emeterio Betances was born on the 8th of April, in the year 1827 at Puerto Rico. He went to Paris to study medicine and upon his return to his birthplace, he was recognized for his may contributions in fighting the cholera epidemic on the place. And after being able to build the San Andres Hospital, he continued his pursuits with regards to the elimination of slavery.

But because of his pro-independence stand and his proposal for an Antillean Federation in order to free the people, he was forced to be exiled from the Dominican Republic. During his exile, he created patriotic groups and went back to Puerto Rico to lead the uprising of September 23 of the year 1868. This uprising was known as the “El Grito de Lares”.

Event Details

  • What: The 40th Festival Betances
  • Where: Plaza Betances, Boston, MA
  • When: July 20, 2013
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact No.: 617-927-1717

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