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The Puerto Rican Family Festival is proud to announce the Salsa singer Brenda K Starr will perform at the 9th Annual Puerto Rican Family Festival Sunday, August 7, 2022. The festival is Wisconsin’s only festival celebrating the rich Puerto Rican culture and heritage.
Brenda K Starr is known as a famous Pop Star in the 1980s for her freestyle music, R&B, and dance. In recent years, she has been singing Salsa music. In 2002, she had a number one hit in the Tropical Charts “Por Ese Hombre” (with Tito Nieves and Víctor Manuelle). The song was nominated in 2002: for the Latin Grammy Awards for “Best Salsa Single.” In 2006, she was nominated for Billboard Latin Music Awards “Best Salsa Single” for “Tu Eres.”
“We are grateful to our sponsor Sabor Tropical and Caliente Restaurant for their gracious support and help to bring Brenda K Starr to the 9th Annual Puerto Rican Family Festival. I look forward to having Ms. Starr perform at our event,” said Yussef Morales, director and founder of the festival. “We have come a long way from humble beginnings under the 35th Street Viaduct more than nine years ago to host the largest Puerto Rican Family Festival in Wisconsin. I’m very proud and grateful to all the people who have held us throughout the years.”
The Puerto Rican Family Festival will be held at Jackson Park in Milwaukee on August 7, 2022, from 11 am to 7 pm. The festival features traditional music, dance, and food: a Salsa and Merengue Dance Contest, a Domino Contest, and Baseball Contest. The festival is free and open to the public, and alcohol-free.
“This year, we will not have the car show. Though the car show is very popular, we don’t have the space for the car show this year at the new location,” said Victor Huyke, president of the festival.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be at the festival as additional law enforcement. The DNR has more jurisdiction in impounding the ATVs and dirt bikes at the park. Festival organizers ask people not to bring ATVs, scooters, and dirt bikes to the park. “Many of our elderly and children are at the festival; we don’t want anyone to get hurt in an accident because of these vehicles,” said Huyke.
In addition, this year, there will be Motorcycle Police officers patrolling the festival and on the street. In the past, too much traffic has been a concern near the festival.
This year the Motorcycle Patrol will direct traffic and enforce traffic laws. This will help alleviate the traffic problems and prevent groups from assembling on street corners and blocking traffic: police, sheriffs, and other law enforcement plan to confiscate cars if you violate traffic laws.
The festival is looking for volunteers to help with various duties. If you are interested in volunteering, please call El Conquistador Latino Newspaper at 414-383-1000.
“We want everyone to enjoy themselves. We are asking for everyone’s help in making the festival safe and fun for everyone,” said Morales.