Approximately 200 from our community, as well as cultural tourists from Houston to Dallas, came to enjoy our traditional Octavitas celebration that kicked off our 15th year with parranda sing-alongs, dancing, and antojitos Boricuas by our event sponsor -- Chago's Caribbean Cuisine -- who brought comida criolla for all to enjoy!
The Whos-Who from Central Texas -- including representatives from Sociedad Cultural Hispanoamericana (Killeen), Borinqueeers Motorclub (Austin), Producer of Noticiero Telemundo (Austin), Los Hijos de Boriken Motorclub (Dallas/Killeen), and others -- enjoyed honoree Linda Irizarry (gracious as always!) accept PRFDance's 1st Annual Award recognizing Puerto Ricans in Central Texas!
This Octavitas featured artists exhibitions, including a display of Lucy Llera's artwork dedicated to beloved cultural themes of Puerto Rico, Bobby Thomas-Cano's Taino Blanco Arts, yummy desserts from Dey's Delicious Creations, and of course, traditional to contemporary music and dance -- Bomba to Reggeaton -- by the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance performing company and youth!
About Linda Irizarry Crockett: She is currently the Media/Marketing & Special Events Coordinator at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. She is dedicated to exposing Latino talent and provides a venue to present their performances. She sees the MACC as a place for generations to come to learn about their heritage and what it means to be a Latino in America.