On Saturday afternoon, Albany’s Washington Park parade grounds were filled with thousands of people celebrating the 16th annual Albany LatinFest. A joint venture between the City of Albany and the Albany Latin Festival Association, the event attracts members of the Latin community from all over the Capital Region. In fact, Congressman Paul Tonko, who has supported this event and the Centro Di Civico Festival in Amsterdam for too many years to count, was on hand to speak to the audience and help introduce the sensational headliner, salsa music legend Tito Rojas.
You don’t have to be of Latin heritage or speak Spanish to appreciate the infectious salsa rhythms and songs that Rojas and his big band generated. But if you are Latin – specifically Puerto Rican – you certainly understand what it all means, both culturally and musically.