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Lebanon’s Puerto Rican Parade a Big Success

Scenes from the 1st Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Heritage celebration in Lebanon on 8/7/22.
Scenes from the 1st Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Heritage celebration in Lebanon on 8/7/22.
Scenes from the 1st Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Heritage celebration in Lebanon on 8/7/22.
Scenes from the 1st Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Heritage celebration in Lebanon on 8/7/22.

Sunday, August 7th was Lebanon’s first-ever Puerto Rican parade and heritage celebration downtown. The event had originally been scheduled for June 26th, during Puerto Rican Pride Month, but inclement weather forced organizers to postpone the event.

But organizer Lisandro “Channo” Tejada would not be deterred, and worked with city officials to reschedule it.

While there was only a smattering of people lining South 8th Street near the parade’s starting point at Orange Street, as it worked its way to 8th and Chestnut, numbers grew considerably.

Parade Grand Marshall, Magisterial District Judge Aurelis Figueroa said the number of vehicles which participated in the parade was encouraging:

By the time the procession ended at 8th and Chestnut, where the street party took place from noon to 6pm, there were hundreds of people gathered.

For Channo, the wait paid off:

The WLBR/Froggy Valley 100.1 station vehicle was part of the parade. Channo believes the event will only grow in the years ahead.