Celebrate la Cultura!

Latin pride is in full bloom this June as music festivals and parades pop up across the country. Here are three other cities where cultura is on the mind and salsa, són, and rumba are in the heart:

1. Bethlehem, Penn.: From June 17 through June 19, the city will host Sabor! -- an event that celebrates the region’s dynamic Latin heritage with flair -- at the Steel Sacks art and culture center. Sample Latino cuisine and take in musical performances by local rapero Bolo Flow and salsero Luisito Rosario.

2. Chicago: In Chicago’s Humboldt Park, the six-day Fiestas Puertorriqueñas start June 14. The events showcase Puerto Rican cuisine, art, dance and music. Families revel in PR’s són by local musicians and top Latino entertainers. Other activities include the Youth Jamboree -- in which adolescents and young adults perform in a talent show -- and the San Juan 8K Race/2M Fitness Walk.

3. Los Angeles: Lovers of Mexican music descend upon the Hollywood Bowl on June 18, to be mesmerized by over four hours of mariachi music and folkloric dancing. Guests can also have an unforgettable al-fresco dining experience by trying out the fresh cuisine by the event’s official caterer.

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by Shirley Velásquez