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.