Candelaria celebrations to take over NYC streets

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For the first time, the annual festival from Puno will be replicated in the Empire State this February.

Puñenos are about to make themselves heard – and seen – in New York.

Descendants and expats from Puno, Peru living in New York City are coming together to hold their own Virgen de Candelaria festival this February 4, 2017. Pedro Apaza Monroy, president of the Puno residents of New York, told RPP news that the event will include a parade with dancers. The representative said that “over 300 Puno natives live in the North American city, 50 of whom are very active” in organizing activities and meetings. Some of the Puñenos, as those from Puno are referred to, have contributed US$ 20 each to help pay for the event.

The February event will be organized with the help of cultural groups and supporters such as Wayra Marca USA, Embassy of Puno Folklore, Perú Andinito and D.J. Cartagena.

Candelaria performances in Puno

Candelaria is an annual festival in honor of Puno’s patron saint. The southern Peru city draws some of the best dance troupes from across the nation, culminating into one of Peru’s largest folkloric festivals. The event typically takes place during the first two weeks of February.

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A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.