Loíza’s Three Kings Day celebration has Jurassic Park theme
By The Star Staff
Loíza Mayor Julia Nazario Fuentes announced Thursday that everything is ready for the celebration of Three Kings Day to be held today, Friday, at María de la Cruz Historical Park on highway PR-188 in the town’s Las Cuevas sector.
The event will have a Jurassic Park theme, where children will enjoy a setting related to that prehistoric era, as well as an educational component.
“The idea is to combine recreation and education with family sharing and Puerto Rican tradition,” Nazario Fuentes said.
The family event begins at 1 p.m., with performances by Atención Atención, El Circo de Chicle, Grupo Folklórico Belelé and King Arthur. There will be numerous recreational activities, including a jump house, swings, slides, a midway, gifts and a variety of food vendors.
The María de la Cruz Cave was declared a historical monument and Puerto Rican national heritage site on Feb. 18, 1972, after the research and archaeological findings of anthropologist Dr. Ricardo Alegría. During excavations carried out in 1948 by Alegría and the staff of the Archaeological Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico, evidence of an archaic culture, the inhabitants of the island before the Tainos, was found.
This site has been the scene of concerts by Richie Ray and mass events such as the Caldo Santo Festival and the Puerto Rico International Folk Festival, as well as events staged by various schools, communities and churches.