Photos: Parrandas en el barrio 2015
Taller Puertorriqueño celebrated its 16th annual Parrandas en el barrio celebration, a traditional Christmas festivity in the heart of “El Barrio."
The celebration was hosted on Dec. 11 at its current location for the last time, as the organization prepares to open its monumental “El Corazón Cultural Center,” set to become the largest Puerto Rican/Latino-based arts and cultural facility in Pennsylvania and the region.
Guests enjoyed a traditional dinner accompanied by live Christmas music.
For those who are not familiar with 'Parrandas,' these are a Puerto Rican music Christmas tradition. A small group of people (parranderos) get the party started by surprising a friend at their house with music from Puerto Rico. Once the musicians have congregated on someone’s porch, they begin an asalto navideño, or a Christmas assault.”
Joe Hohenstein, Fr. Joseph Diaz of St. Ambrose Church, Jorge Santana, Sean Sullivan and Edgardo Gonzalez. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick
The 'parranderos' Edgardo Gonzalez, Marcus Espada, Sean Lopez, Carmen Febo, executive director of Taller Puertorriqueño, and Tony Mendez. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick
Carmen Paris and former Councilman Angel Ortiz at the event. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick
Edgardo Gonzalez, presidente de la junta de la organización, celebró su cumpleaños durante el evento el 11 de diciembre. Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DÍA News
Paul Anthony Aguero joins in the Paranda with his guacharaca. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick