VIVA Bradley Beach celebrates borough’s Latin culture

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BRADLEY BEACH — Music and dance filled a packed Riley Park on Saturday, at the Borough’s first-ever VIVA Bradley Beach Latin Festival. The event brought residents and visitors alike in celebration, just in time for the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month 2019.

The festival also featured authentic Latin American food, crafts and vendors, Capoeira performances, a pop-up Lucha Libre wrestling party and an exhibition of work from the collective Arte Puro Arte.

Amy Hall, Bradley Beach tourism director, and the mastermind behind the festival said the celebration was surpassing her expectations.

“This is great,” she said. “I’m so happy.”

She said she was excited about the diversity of the festival and glad the rain held off.

“I had a man come up to me, he just moved here, and he said thank you so much for having something for us in the town,” said Ms. Hall. She was grateful for the support of this festival.

The afternoon was filled with performances from many groups, dancers and singers all to celebrate Latin culture. Performers included Michelle Galvis, Gabriel de Los Santos, Marel Hidalgo, Victor Cuya y sus amigos, Carol Escobar, Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli and Rising Sun Cultural Center.

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