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2018 Puerto Rican Festival in Cleveland

50th Annual Puerto Rican Festival
Roberto Clemente Park
August 5, 2018

After the 2018 Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade (see photos and videos of the Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade ) the crowds gathered at Roberto Clemente Park for a Festival with music, food, camaraderie and dignitaries.

Roberto Clemente Park sign in Cleveland


The formal program began with the Cleveland Police Color Guard followed by the singing of the US national anthem and "La Borinqueña" the national anthem of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Beatrice Gomez, Cleveland Clinic EMS Stroke Unit, led the singing.

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Cleveland Police Color Guard at Puerto Rican Festival

Cleveland Police Color Guard at Puerto Rican Festival


Beatrice Gomez singing the anthem

Beatrice Gomez


Cleveland Police Color Guard at Puerto Rican Festival


Singing the Anthems

Singing the Anthems


After dignitaries gathered on stage, Pastor Omar Medina gave an invocation.




Pastor Omar Medina

Pastor Omar Medina



Next, the 2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and Runnerup Aleishka Marrero spoke at the 2018 Puerto Rican Festival in Cleveland.




2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and  Runnerup Aleishka Marrero

2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and Runnerup Aleishka Marrero


2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and  Runnerup Aleishka Marrero


2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and  Runnerup Aleishka Marrero

2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and Runnerup Aleishka Marrero


Officer Emmanuel Velez and 2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and  Runnerup Aleishka Marrero

Officer Emmanuel Velez and 2018 Miss Puerto Rican Image Nayeli Claudio and Runnerup Aleishka Marrero



Officer Emmanuel Velez is also the Vice-President of HPOA (The Hispanic Police Officers Association) and served as MC.

Officer Emmanuel Velez

Officer Emmanuel Velez


Officer Velez introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson who gave a proclamation honoring the event.




Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at Puerto Rican Festival

Mayor Frank Jackson



Officer Freddy Diaz, HPOA Secretary and Detective Lisette Gonzalez, HPOA Trustee introduced the Grand Marshall, Padrino and Madrina at the 2018 Puerto Rican Fest in Cleveland. Michael Ferrer was the Grand Marshall, Ivan "Papo" Ruiz was Padrino and Selina Pagan was the Madrina.




Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer

Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer


Honoring Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer


Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer

Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer


Officer Freddy Diaz and Detective Lisette Gonzalez with Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer

Officer Freddy Diaz and Detective Lisette Gonzalez with Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer


Officer Emmanuel Velez introduced Selina Pagan as the Madrina

Officer Emmanuel Velez introduced Selina Pagan as the Madrina


Madrina Selina Pagan and Officer Emmanuel Velez

Madrina Selina Pagan and Officer Emmanuel Velez


The number on Madrina Selina Pagan's dress is the number of deaths from Hurricane Maria

The number on Madrina Selina Pagan's dress is the number of deaths from Hurricane Maria


Padrino Papo Ruiz with Officer Freddy Diaz

Padrino Papo Ruiz with Officer Freddy Diaz


Padrino Papo Ruiz with Officer Freddy Diaz


Padrino Papo Ruiz with Officer Freddy Diaz

Padrino Papo Ruiz with Officer Freddy Diaz




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Next, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo and other dignitaries gave brief remarks at the 2018 Puerto Rican Fest in Cleveland.




Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish


Mayor Jackson, Chief Williams and Chief Calvillo

Mayor Jackson, Chief Williams and Chief Calvillo


Officer Emmanuel Velez and Police Chief Calvin Williams

Officer Emmanuel Velez and Police Chief Calvin Williams


Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams


Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo

Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo


Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Harold Pretel

Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Harold Pretel


Jeanette Pellot-Ayala, Hispanic Liaison at City of Cleveland

Jeanette Pellot-Ayala, Hispanic Liaison of City of Cleveland



Before they left the stage, the dignitaries posed for a group photo.

Dignitaries at Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2018

Dignitaries at Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade 2018


The Festival continued with music such as these songs from Los Muchachos De La Plena.

Enjoy these 3 videos of their performance.




Los Muchachos De La Plena at Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival

Los Muchachos De La Plena at Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival






Los Muchachos De La Plena at Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival





Los Muchachos De La Plena at Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival


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Enjoy these other images from the 2018 Puerto Rican Festival in Cleveland.

Padrino Ivan Papo Ruiz and Lucy Torres

Padrino Ivan Papo Ruiz and Lucy Torres


Cleveland Police with kids at Festival


Puerto Rican Imaghe ladies

Puerto Rican Image ladies


Rosa Cruz, Cleveland Municipal School Teacher (Lincoln West)

Rosa Cruz, Cleveland Municipal School Teacher (Lincoln West)


Selina Pagan, Madrina

Selina Pagan, Madrina


At Cleveland Puerto Rican festival


At Cleveland Puerto Rican festival


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The Cleveland Cultural Gardens consist of over 30 gardens dedicated to honoring a particular heritage. At this time there is no Puerto Rico Garden. If you are interested in helping start a Cultural Garden honoring Puerto Rican heritage please contact us.


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Video and Photos from the 2018 Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland




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