Puerto Rico ends the Christmas season with “Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián”, a huge, four-day festival located in Old San Juan. The festivities start on a Thursday with a mass honoring Saint Sebastian. From Friday through Sunday, there are a series of activities going on such as parades with cultural Puerto Rican characters, live music, art markets, food markets, and stages with popular music groups. On Saturday and Sunday, there are parades with typcal music dancers that lift up the spirits of the Puerto Ricans roaming the streets. During the nights, there is live music and all the bars and restaurants open their doors for the thousands of people.
“Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián” started out as a fundraising event made by father Juan Manuel Madrazo, the perish priest of the San Juan Cathedral. He believed that making an entertaining festival would attract more people to donate to restore San Sebastian Street and the Cathedral.
I enjoy this festival a lot because it is a fun, cultural experience during the day; and an awesome party at night. I think it rounds up all age groups and offers great activities for everyone.