Kingsbridge Heights Octavitas Parranda

Event organizers Miriam Quinones (back, 3rd from l), Samelys Lopez (back, 4th from l), Jose ‘Dr. Drum’ Ortiz (front, 2nd from l) and the team were excited to perform for the neighborhood.
Photo by Miriam Quin

Despite the cold weather, the inaugural Kingsbridge Octavitas Parranda on Saturday, January 14 helped warm residents’ holiday spirits through a unique Caribbean holiday caroling tradition.The event was made possible to the collective efforts of community activist Samelys Lopez, Jose ‘Dr. Drum’ Ortiz, BombaYo!, Miriam Quin Photography, BronxNet, Eduardo Christian Ramos, News 12 the Bronx, the Kingsbridge Merchants Association, Assemblyman Jose Rivera, Rexhep Myftari, La Cocina Nueva, St. James Park, Lynette Arroyo and Community Board 7’s Gloria Bent among many others.

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