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Wynwood's Puerto Rican festival

This weekend, Wynwood celebrates Puerto Rico with a version of the lively Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian that will happen at the same time on the island.

Puerto Rican cultural events are becoming more and more popular in Florida, the top destination for those who have left the island in recent years, according to census figures.

The Fiestas de la Calle Miami — slated for Saturday, January 17, and Sunday, January 18 — will include live music from Puerto Rican artists like Grupomania and Pirulo y la Tribu, as well as a tribute to late salsa singer Hector Lavoe. The free event will take over the intersection of NW 24th St. and 6th Ave., where there will be art stands and a Sunday night parade of characters dressed in colorful costumes, known as vejigantes and cabezudos.

A food truck serving Puerto Rican deep-fried staples like alcapurrias, as well as three-meat sandwiches known as tripletas, will complement the booze offerings of island-based sponsors such as Medalla beer, Don Q rum and Gasolina Urban Blends liquor pouches (think Capri Sun, but with flavors like Mojito, "Sangriiia" and Pink Martini).

Kids are welcome to attend the event, which kicks off at noon each day. Family-friendly entertainers, among them a popular Puerto Rican clown known as Payaso Remi, will perform during the two-day festival.

Similar Fiestas-themed events are also taking place in other parts of the Sunshine State.

An early, one-day version named SanSe Miami will bring live music, food and art to Peacock Park in Coconut Grove starting at noon on Saturday, January 10. The free event, now in its third year, had previously been held in Brickell.

"This is the original version," said Nathaly Zamora, spokesperson for SanSe Miami. "Last year we had 8,000 attendees. This year, we're expecting 10,000 or more."

The Coconut Grove event includes performances by entertainers such as Melina Leon and Tito Puente, Jr., as well as Puerto Rican food and a parade of cabezudos.

Central Florida, where most recently-arrived Puerto Ricans have settled in recent years, will have its own two-day version of the festival on January 17 and 18 at Orlando Festival Park.

SanSe Miami will take place at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Road, Miami) at noon on Saturday, January 9. For more information, visit http://www.sansemiami.com.

The Fiestas de la Calle Miami will take place at NW 24th St. and 6th Ave., in Wynwood, on Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18. Free. Musical performances begin at noon each day. For more information and a full artist schedule, visit http://www.fiestasdelacallemiami.com.

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