The sky was clear and the temperature was comfortable for another year of Festival Calle Orange yesterday at Orlando, Fla. – 15 years of the most popular and biggest block party in Central Florida.
Party goers arrived as early as 11 a.m. to be one of the first to grab a spot at one of the four stages featuring more than 40 performers of different genres of music, meet up with friends and even reunite with family as did Noel Vializ, Jr. from Meriden, Conn. now living in S He was reunited with family members from the same town that live in Tampa after more than 30 years of not seeing each other all thanks to Festival Calle Orange and Facebook, both have been living in Florida.
The first thing to do was walk the ten blocks to get some free goodies, food samples, t-shirts and for some extra entertainment. Also to mention, the aroma of diverse foods, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks that weren’t scarce at all along the ten blocks of Orange Avenue.
Impossible to be at the four stages at the same time – Rumba 100.3, Power 95.3, Tu Nuevo Amanecer and Barberos Inc. – featured different genres of music but the most popular was salsa and merengue music. Most attendees settled for their favorite stage. At Stage A Rumba 100.3 at the intersection of E. Colonial Drive and Orange Ave. it was merengue, salsa and bachata of Jen Rodriguez; Anthony La Maquina with his merengue and Domingo Quiñonez, Charlie Cruz and the king of Calle Orange Tito Nieves brought the sounds of salsa old and new alike. Domingo and Tito sang their old school popular salsa hits as well as some of their new hits. Charlie and Tito arrived with their families in hand introducing them. Tito was a sport to continue singing for more than an hour with a cold and close to losing his voice. He even took off his cross necklace to give to a young boy enjoying his music among the crowd. Other performers at the three additional stages included Luisito Carrion, Melina Leon – festival queen, T-Pain, Jowell y Randy and many more.
A cool breeze started settling in as the 15th anniversary of Festival Calle Orange was coming to an end, leading many to grab a jacket or be on their way back to their destiny.
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