Celebrating Latino heritage and community: La Feria del Barrio 2015

At the 2015 Feria del Barrio yesterday, the colors were bright, activities numerous and streets full of joy as people came from across the city and region for the annual community outing, sponsored by Taller Puertorriqueño.

Fiesta! The 2015 Feria del Barrio. Photo courtesy of Taller Puertorriqueño.

Fiesta! The 2015 Feria del Barrio. Photo courtesy of Taller Puertorriqueño.

As in years past, the vivid daylong array of artisans, dancers, musicians and other performers made this cultural showcase a smash for attendees of every age. Beyond entertainment, valuable workshops and resource exchanges also were in place.

North 5th Street saw scores of people gathered for the annual Feria del Barrio. Photo courtesy of Taller Puertorriqueño.

North 5th Street saw scores of people gathered for the annual Feria del Barrio. Photo courtesy of Taller Puertorriqueño.

Sara Roblado, an area block captain, takes a moment to collect information from PCHR's Nancy Rivera at the annual Feria del Barrio.

Sara Roblado, an area block captain, takes a moment to collect information from PCHR’s Nancy Rivera at the annual Feria del Barrio.

And in the mix of it all was PCHR, represented by veteran Nancy Rivera, a supervisor in the compliance division and alum of the community relations division. From neighbor disputes to Ban the Box details, she answered scores of questions for the dozens who visited the table. She even caught up with an extended member of the PCHR family, former employee Sonia Collazo.

A PCHR family reunion! Nancy Rivera connects with former PCHR employee Sonia Collazo at the Feria del Barrio.

A PCHR family reunion! Nancy Rivera connects with former PCHR employee Sonia Collazo at the Feria del Barrio.

It was a great September day for a street festival, and a wonderful way to usher in Hispanic Heritage Month 2015!

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