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FESTIVALS | Puerto Rican Festival, Carifest 

Celebrate island cultures this weekend with the Puerto Rican Festival, which will take place Friday, August 9, through Sunday, August 11, and Carifest, to be held on Saturday, August 10.

The theme of the 44th Annual Puerto Rican Festival is Our Cultural Heritage: Peace, Respect, Dignity. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, noon-11 p.m., and Sunday, noon-7:30 p.m. at Frontier Field (1 Morrie Silver Way). Live entertainment will be provided by Jerry Rivera, Ruben Blades, and Oscar D'Leon. Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a weekend pass. For more information visit or email

On Saturday only, the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization, Inc. will host its 29th annual Caribbean festival, Carifest, at the Rochester Riverside Festival Site located at corner of Court Street & Exchange Blvd. The parade starts at Liberty Pole Way at 11 a.m., traveling west bound on Main Street to North Plymouth. Festivities commence after the parade at the festival site, featuring Caribbean food, Caribbean music, and entertainers from Rochester and from across the country. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and children ages 6-12, and free to kids ages 5 and younger. Proceeds to benefit the RWIFO scholarship fund and other programs geared toward improving the community. For more information visit or call 234-0909.


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