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The Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts was founded 56 years ago in the South End of Boston; with a small group of Puerto Rican pioneers who decided to organize an activity, whereby the community could promote a sense of belonging and cultural affirmation with the state.
Under the leadership of the late Jorge ‘Chico’ Muñoz, and the commitment of many community leaders, the first festival committee was formed. The event took place in 1967 at Blackstone Park, with approximately 2,500 people. This initiated the development of the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, Inc. Today, this cultural event has turned out to be the state’s largest Hispanic event with over 185,000 attendees during a three-day celebration returning to Playstead Park (Franklin Park) in Dorchester. 2023 we will be at Boston City Hall Plaza! From Saturday July 29th – Sunday, July 30. With many events leading up to the festival and an amazing Holiday Concert in December.
The Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. The board of directors consists of a broad cross-section of people from all different communities. The organization is one of the most successful and far-reaching festivals in the state of Massachusetts. It is by far the largest and best-organized ethnic festival in New England, celebrating its 55th anniversary this year.