Allentown’s Puerto Rican Parade and Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Written by on July 2, 2020

Allentown’s Puerto Rican Parade and Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

By K.C. Lopez

July 2, 2020

Organizers of Allentown’s Puerto Rican Parade and Festival say crowd concerns and new restrictions led them to cancel the July 26 event. But for organizers, the decision was a no-brainer.

“It was tough but not too tough because under the circumstances, we had to take care of our people.”

That’s Flor Velez, President of the Puertorrican Culture Preservation Inc; the organization behind Allentown’s Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. 

Velez says cancelling this summer’s event was in the best interest of the more than 65 thousand Puerto Ricans living in the Easton-Allentown-Bethlehem area and community members who come to learn about and enjoy the island’s culture.

“It’s very important that people that don’t know about our culture, in that moment, we have the opportunity to teach them, to show them how vibrant our culture is”

Velez says they will host their annual back to school event on August 8. But this time, asking attendees to stay in their car while volunteers load trunks with free school supplies and food for students. 

The organization expects to be back for the 10th annual Puerto Rican Parade and Festival in 2021. 

Watch K.C.’s PBS News Tonight Report.

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