The community will celebrate with music, food, dancing, cultural events, and celebrity guests. You can see the schedule on the festival’s Facebook page.
“We in Rochester have the second largest amount of Puerto Ricans, outside of New York City, inside New York State. So there’s a lot of kind of pent-up excitement, so for us as Puerto Ricans here in Rochester and to the general Latino community,” said Orlando Ortiz, President of the Puerto Rican Festival.
Admission is free on Thursday and tickets are $10 for general admission the rest of the days. You can buy tickets at Frontier Field or online here.
The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the festival will start with the Puerto Rican Parade at 11 a.m. The Parade starts at City Hall, 30 Church Street, and then proceeds to Frontier Field. Then, the festival continues from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The following downtown streets will be closed to traffic at 8 a.m. and will re-open after the parade has cleared:
- Church Street from N. Plymouth Avenue to State Street
- N. Fitzhugh Street from Allen Street to W. Main Street
- Allen Street from N. Fitzhugh Street to State Street
The following streets will be closed to traffic starting at 10:30 a.m. and will re-open after the parade has cleared:
- W. Main Street from State Street to N. Plymouth Avenue
- N. Plymouth Avenue from W. Main Street to Morrie Silver Way
- Morrie Silver Way from N. Plymouth Avenue to Oak Street
This year’s festival will feature live music performances by:
Thursday, August 4: Puerto Rican Power Friday, August 5: Elysanij & Mannny Manuel
Saturday, August 6:
Victoria Sanabria, Gerardo Rivas, & Vico C