Updated: May 19, 2020
It should come as no surprise that the 54th annual Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood originally scheduled for Sunday June 7 has been cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Also cancelled, for the same reason, is the 3rd annual Downtown Central Islip Arts Festival, which had been planned for September.
HOWEVER, Teatro Yerbabruja has announced two virtual replacement events! The first, planned with the always-supportive La Fiesta Radio, for Sunday June 7 from noon to 3 p.m, will explore the Latinx experience on Long Island as seen through the Parade’s 54-year history until today’s extraordinary challenges and reasons for celebration.
Here’s how join!
Access via Yerbabruja's Facebook Live
Join Zoom meeting # 830-4016-0644 and type in the password: teatro
The second such event is planned for September, a grand panorama of Latin American visual and performing arts. Excitement and education are assured!
Teatro Yerbabruja’s experience with remotely offered cultural events is recent but intense: Its first programs began just two days after March 17, when the first Coronavirus case on Long Island was reported, and it has continued to present a rich variety of daily programming. (For more details and access, visit www.teatroyerbabruja.org)
Teatro Yerbabruja, the parade and festival organizer for the past several years, is a nonprofit arts organization that facilitates socio-economic development on Long Island, particularly in its core “triangle” service area of Central Islip, Brentwood, and Bay Shore/North Bay Shore, unfortunately the epicenter of Long Island’s Corinavirus cases.
The projects are funded in part by the Suffolk County Legislature and Executive’s Office.