NY Botanical Garden Celebrates Fiesta De Flores

Artist Marthalicia Matarrita worked on her latest masterpiece.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the New York Botanical Garden hosted its Fiesta de Flores, a festival commemorating the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, on Wednesday, September 19.

Artist Giannina Gutierrez (c) showed her finished artwork to her friends and supporters (l-r) Jelani Anthony, Arianna Noelle, Nan Delany and Noel Guazon.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

This year’s festivities included guided tours of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden; live music performed by YeraSon and BombaYo; live art created by Juan Carlos Suazo, Giannina Gutierrez and Marthalicia Matarrita DeColores; a floral painting workshop led by Sandra Rivera; delicious cuisine and beverages provided by Beatstro, Bronx Drafthouse, Havana Café, Just Jazzy Cakes 212, Pollo Campero and Port Morris Distillery and merchandise provided by Old-Earth Creates by Nanette Sanchez-Velasquez, Olga Ayala Handicrafts (Hecho a Mano)-Functional Art in Polymer and Terramax Entertainment.

Nanette Sanchez Velasquez and Joaquin Velasquez displayed their Taino-inspired handcrafts.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

BombaYo’s Yasmar Cruz gave a crowd pleasing dance performance during the celebration.
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The BombaYo Ensemble had party goers singing and dancing to the beat!
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BombaYo’s Jose ‘Dr. Drum’ Ortiz kept everyone in rhythm.
Photo by Silvio Pacifico

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