It’s that time of the year again when Titi Maria is making her amazing coquito and abuela is making her pasteles from recipes passed down over the generations from Puerto Rico to The Bronx and across the globe.

Apartment buildings throughout our borough smell of pernil, the delicious roast pork seasoned with tons of garlic that’s a staple for the Christmas season throughout the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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In 2017, a local senior housing development was treated to a stop by the Melrose Parranda

And of course, it’s time for the Puerto Rican answer to Christmas Caroling, the parranda.

Join the Bronx Music Heritage Center and the local community in their annual Melrose Parranda on Saturday, December 21st at 6pm which winds its way through the neighborhood before ending at Rincon Criollo aka Casa de Chema community garden on St Ann’s and E 157th Street.

This year the parranda will start at Bronx Commons at 443 E 162nd Street, the future home of the Bronx Music Hall at 6PM and meander around with stops at local community gardens along the way.

So mark your calendars and get ready to have some holiday fun, Puerto Rican style with a Bronx twist!

This event is separate from the Melrose Parranda and will happen this Saturday, the 14th!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Check out our video from two years ago:

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