2023 PASEO PARRANDA!
Since 2007, Boricuas in Humboldt Park have celebrated “Las Navidades” with an annual parranda on Paseo Boricua. The parranda starts at Teresa Roldán Apartments, then make its way down Paseo as the celebrants sang traditional aguinaldos. Two years ago, it was different, as we adjusted to the jarring impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on our lives, and went virtual so as to protect our youth, our elders, and our community. Every year, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center celebrates the holiday season with its annual Paseo Boricua Parranda. Community residents parade down La Division and los asaltos have historically included the following businesses: Papa's Cache, Luquillo Barbershop, Café Colao, La Cosecha del Paseo Boricua, Jayuya Barbershop, La Bruquena, Yauco Food and Liquor and the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Community musicians grace the parranda with their guitars and traditional songs as parranderos accompanied them on the guiro, maracas, cow bells and tambourines. In the past, the parranderos have enjoyed chicken and tostones from Papa's Cache, hot chocolate and quesitos from Café Colao, and drinks from Jayuya, Yauco and La Bruquena. The PRCC thanks the businesses involved and the participants of the parranda for keeping this Puerto Rican/Latin American tradition alive.