Live music & more on tap at Guánica town festival set for July 21-25
By John McPhaul
Guánica is inviting the public from across the island to its “Fiestas de Pueblo” from July 21 to July 25 featuring musical performances by Sonora Ponceña, Manny Manuel and Domingo Quiñones, among other attractions.
Guánica Mayor Ismael “Titi” Rodríguez Ramos invited all of Puerto Rico to enjoy the festival to be held in the parking lot of the new facilities of the Municipality of Guánica on highway PR-333, km 0.3, behind Burger King.
“In Guánica we are ready to welcome everyone with the hospitality and joy that characterizes us as a beach town,” Rodríguez Ramos said. “In addition to the musical events, we will have family activities and gastronomic offerings of all types.”
The schedule of activities is as follows:
* Thursday 21 / Music in the tourist kiosks of Ensenada from 6 a.m. through the afternoon, and on the main stage, the La Violenta Orchestra from 7 p.m.
* Friday 22 / Grupo Son 9 from 8 p.m. on the main stage, followed by the tribute to El Gallo at 10 p.m. and the great closing at midnight with the Manny Manuel show.
* Saturday 23 / Events start at 1 p.m. with fun for children and clowns at 2 p.m., followed by the “Toy Story” show from 4 to 5 p.m. The music starts at 6 p.m. with Gustavo Laureano, Rica Swing at 9 p.m. and Johnny Rivera at 11 p.m.
* Sunday 24 / At 5:30 p.m. the show of the always loved Odilio González, followed by “the most beloved,” Arnaldo Vallellanes, at 7:30 p.m. and La Sonora Ponceña at 9:30 p.m.
* Monday 25 / At 3 p.m. the traditional Parade of the 25th of July from the Sylvia Castro Passive Park on Calle 25 de Julio. The music starts at 4 p.m. with the famous Guánica Steel Band, Son Salsa at 5 p.m., Jossie Esteban and Patrol 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Domingo Quiñones at 9:30 p.m.
“Particularly attractive for families is the July 25 Parade, which is a Guaniqueña tradition of many years, where bands, ‘comparsas,’ receive visitors from all over Puerto Rico,” the mayor said. “We invite you all to spend a great weekend in Guánica, where there are still spaces in some inns, and where all the restaurants and kioskos are ready to receive them.”