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The Living Legacy of Carlos “Caribe” Ruiz
June 24, 2011, 2:04 pm
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The Parada Boricua is a Chicago tradition that began in 1966 when Carlos “Caribe” Ruiz was an important community leader. When he built a roster of orquestas in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, he left a special stamp on the yearly event with a series of floats, each featuring a different act (see an example above). The annual Puerto Rican Pride Parade was last weekend, and the the tradition came to life again, and Caribe’s spirit revealed itself through three of the finest musicians to come out of his stable of salseros. David Arroyo, Jimmy Hernandez, and Alfie Martinez lugged their equipment over to the WBEZ studios to reminisce and play a few songs. Check out the audio here:

Follow this link to hear the whole show and to see a slideshow of the musicians at work.

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