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Puerto Rican Parade Planned for Lebanon this June

Yeudis Alcantara (left) and Lisandro Tejada discuss the upcoming Lebanon Puerto Rican Parade during news conference at Mama Juana Lounge in Lebanon, 4/24/22.
A T-shirt bearing the logo for the Lebanon Puerto Rican Parade.

The City of Lebanon will play host to its first-ever Puerto Rican parade and festival this summer.

During a news conference conducted in both Spanish and English Sunday afternoon at the Mama Juana Lounge in downtown Lebanon, organizers gathered among a crowd of about 60 supporters to announce the event. It’s set for Sunday, June 26, starting at 11:00am.

The parade and festival is being organized by Lisandro Tejada and Yeudis Alcantara, the owner-operators of Camara 809, an internet Hispanic music and culture outlet based in downtown Lebanon.

Tejada said the parade is a recognition of the large number of Puerto Ricans who call Lebanon home. He places that number at approximately 80%:

The parade will travel south on 8th Street, starting at Lebanon Middle School and ending at 8th and Cumberland, where a festival will take place between Cumberland and Chestnut Streets from noon to 6:00pm:

In 2021 there was a Hispanic Pride celebration downtown, but no parade.  Tejada said he and Alcantara have been organizing this parade since before the Covid pandemic.