Loisaida Festival Returns Sunday, May 27


Coming up on Sunday, May 27, the Loisaida Festival returns to Avenue C for its 31st year.

The blocks between East 6th Street and 11th Street will be filled with Latin food, entertainment and arts offerings. It all begins at 11 a.m. with a parade on 10th Street, and continues until 5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Bridging Resurgence:”

This year’s Loisaida Festival aims to connect local community-based and led efforts in Loisaida’s recovery and resurgence post-Sandy, to the many grassroots and emergent leader efforts that have taken hold in Puerto Rico that have brought hope to communities and empowered local residents to unite and act on their own behalf. “Bridging Resurgence: From Sandy to Maria,” the 2018 Loisaida Festival theme, is also an urgent reminder of the continuing struggle of those still recovering from Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the Island. The Loisaida Center remains committed to the Island’s recovery as an affirmation of our neighborhood’s Puerto Rican heritage.

On Sunday, four VIVA Loisaida Award honorees will be recognized. They include: Damaris Reyes, executive director of GOLES; Aixa Torres, president of the Alfred E. Smith Houses Tenant Association; The Rivera-Fargas family; and Dr. Manuel Moran, founder & artistic director of the Society of Educational Arts (and founder of Teatro Sea at the Clemente). Luis and Abigail Rivera are the children of the beloved Adela Fargas, owner of Casa Adela. After her death in January, the family vowed to keep the restaurant going.

As part of Sunday’s happenings, the Loisaida Festival Theater Lab will also be back for a third year at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden (9th Street and Avenue C).  It will include the New York premiere of ¡Ay María!, a play that explores the post-Maria reality for an isolated group of neighbors in Puerto Rico.

More details about the Loisaida Festival here.



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Photos: Loisaida Festival 2013

Scenes from Sunday’s Loisaida Festival on Avenue C.  EV Grieve has more photos.

Loisaida Festival Returns This Sunday

“Loisaida Avenue,” between 13th Street and 6th Street, (also known as Avenue C) will be closed off on Sunday from noon – 5pm for the return of the annual Loisaida Festival and Carnival Celebration.  The popular street fair is a celebration of Latino heritage and culture, incorporating live music, dance, food and outreach programs from neighborhood organizations. Put on by the local non-profit Loisaida, Inc., this will mark the festival’s 24th year on the Lower East Side.

Memorial Day Weekend Guide

We’ve got plenty of ideas for your “stay-cation” this Memorial Day Weekend.  If there are other L.E.S. events or activities that you’d like us to know about, please email us.

The weather might be too warm to resist taking a field trip over to Pier 40 for some FREE kayaking, brought to you by the NYC Downtown Boathouse.  Usually only available on weekends, they’ll be open this Monday for the holiday.  Walk-ups are welcome from 9a – 6p with the last boat going out at 5:30p.

Loisaida Festival Coming Up Sunday

The Loisaida Festival is coming up Sunday on Avenue C (between East 6th & 13th). There will, of course, be all kinds of food and a variety of performances. One of the highlights will be Yerba Buena. Festival hours are 11:30pm-630pm. For more information visit Loisaida’s web site.