Boricua Afro-Americano Parade in Ithaca

jonathansmall(1)In Ithaca, New York, the Boricua Afro-Americano Parade takes place on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00am at Conway Park. There will be live music, international vendors, performances, and children’s activities and games. At 11:00am the Parade will begin on Adams Street next to the Bowl o’ Drome, and continue to Second Street then down Madison Street until it reaches Conway Park, where there will be roast pig, ice cream, and plenty of other food.

Call for Participation: The groups Palante and the Latino Civic Association (LCA) of Tompkins County will reprise their Comparsa live music and dance routine at the parade and are calling for participation. (A similar comparsa—a band that plays music during a carnival celebration or festival, along with a large group of dancers following and dancing on the streets—most recently performed at the Ithaca Festival Parade.)

All new participants are welcome (especially from within the LCA membership). The organizers would love to have you, your friends, and relatives dance with the group. If you play an instrument and want to join in with the musicians, this could be a possibility (email Jonathan Kline—featured above—at to inquire). Please CONFIRM if you plan on participating by writing to Rebecca Marie Snyder at  You are welcome to join the practice no matter what, but confirmations are greatly appreciated because they facilitate coordination efforts. 

Here are the practice, performance, parade and festival details:

PRACTICE SCHEDULE at Helen Newman Dance Studio at Cornell University (Map:

1. Tuesday July 23 7:25-8:55pm: All new participants should come to this practice. Those who have already learned and performed the routine are also encouraged to come. Just the dance steps will be taught, from the very beginning through to the end. We will dance to recorded music.

2. Thursday July 25 7:25-8:55pm: Those who have performed the routine should come to this practice as a refresher. Musicians will perform together with the dancers.

Saturday July 27 at Conway Park
10:00am: Meet at Conway Park
11:00am: Parade starts

For full details of parade and festival and to join event via Facebook, see

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