WISCONSIN — It might not always seem apparent, but Wisconsin has a rich Puerto Rican and Cuban culture. The coronavirus pandemic has made that a little harder to see since the Puerto Rican Family Festival and Cuban Street Festival were canceled.
However, that doesn't mean we can't explore and celebrate the two cultures in Wisconsin.
First off some fun facts about Cuba. Did you know it has one of the highest literacy rates in the world?
The Cuban and Puerto Rican flag looks very similar but only one of them supplies the U.S. with about 70 percent of countries rum.
You can't talk Puerto Rican Family Fest or Cuban Street Festival without mentioning salsa. TMJ4 News spoke with Milwaukee's very own two-time junior world champion salsa dancer.
You can't have dancing without music. Milwaukee musicians explain what it has been like play gigs during the coronavirus pandemic.
As with all the amazing ethnic festivals in Southeastern Wisconsin, the food is amazing. If this doesn't get you hungry, we aren't sure what will.
Just because our favorite festivals were canceled this summer, doesn't mean we can't celebrate them. At TMJ4 News we are taking time to spotlight the different ethnic festivals we as Wisconsinites love to go.