Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

Melrose Parranda

The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) proudly leads their 4th annual parranda – the Puerto Rican tradition involving processions of carolers – throughout the Melrose section of the Bronx. Based in the music of plena, and other holiday songs from Puerto Rico, this festive parade will make stops at different casitas – the little houses that evoke those on the countryside in Puerto Rico – including El Coquí, Jardin de la Roca, Latinos Unidos, Rainbow Casita – and conclude at the casita renowned for its musical legacy, Rincón Criollo Centro Cultural, aka “La Casita de Chema.” The parranda will begin at 6:00 PM at the El Coquí Casita with a kick-off featuring the Puerto Rican national anthem, “La borinqueña,” and poetry.

This program is produced by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, We Stay/Nos Quedamos Committee, Inc., Asociación Huerto y Cultura, the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Bronx Culture Collective.

Meet your fellow parranda participants at El Coquí Casita and Community Garden, 414 E. 163rd Street at Melorse Avenue for a 6:00 PM departure. Take the 2/3 train to 3rd Avenue and 149th Street. The parranda will make its way east along 163rd Street and then cut down Brook Avenue, with stops at The Rock Garden, Latino Unidos and The Garden of Life, and will conclude at Rincón Criollo. The event runs until 8:30 PM.

Just show up, and bring your own percussive instrument if you have one!


Cutting-edge music has a deeply rooted history in the Bronx. Jazz legends, Hip Hop innovators, and a melting pot of sounds have proliferated in the borough for decades. While the music thrived, venues didn’t: over 20,000 live music seats in dozens of clubs and theaters were lost in the Bronx since the 1970s. Yet, to this day, artists from a wide array of cultural backgrounds make the Bronx their home, creating new work, collaborating across genres and generations, and innovating music forms in one of the most diverse counties in the nation. The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation will develop the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), a performance and community space to showcase and amplify the Bronx’s rich musical legacy, scheduled for completion in 2017. In the meantime, the BMHC Lab is engaging artists and community members to gather, participate in performances, and express their vision for this new cultural facility. For more information visit This Is Bronx Music. 


Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative