Many people celebrating the Puerto Rican culture during annual festival

18th annual El Dia de San Juan Festival

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Several people are in Stramler Park as members of the Puerto Rican community come together to celebrate and share their heritage.

Organizers plan for plenty of music and traditional Puerto Rican dishes to help celebrate ‘El Dia De San Juan.”

The festival is put together every year by volunteers with Bakersfield’s Chapter of Boricuas Unidos de California.

Organizers say the event is a great way to come together and celebrate the colorful traditions of the island.

Dia de San Juan is also known as the festival of Saint John the Baptist and volunteers say it’s celebrated in several communities and done differently around the country.

“It's a great big day to hang out with the family. Everybody comes and enjoys the music. I think the biggest thing is eating Puerto Rican food so, the people that don't know how to cook it, they can come and eat,” said volunteer, Carmen Morales. 

There are a number of musical acts that will be hitting the stage tonight, entertaining the hundreds of people expected for this festival.

The annual Puerto Rican festival taking place until 8 P.M.

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