History of the Organization
In 1977, a group of people - many of whom were originally from Loiza, Puerto Rico - helped to organize the first Fiestas de Loiza of New England, which was held in New Haven, Connecticut. The vision that still leads this organization is a firm belief in the importance of teaching and passing down from generation to generation this unique cultural heritage, history, and tradition.
FLECHAS places emphasis on the African experience in Puerto Rico and to date is the only organization of its kind, scope, and mission in Connecticut. The organization has developed and presented an annual Fiestas de Loiza celebrating our very own Feast of Saint James the
Apostle, as well as an annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico (March 22, 1873). FLECHAS has been and is the only organization taking a leadership role in faithfully commemorating these historical events in Connecticut.
For the past 36 years, FLECHAS has existed as a widely-supported volunteer organization. Almost all activities throughout the year are run by volunteers.
FLECHAS is a charitable organization and all contributions are tax-deductible
New video Fiestas de Loiza
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Full Listing of Events
"I would like to thank and congratulate FLECHAS on the launching of a new web site and for celebrating the varied and vibrant Puerto Rican culture that includes many ethnicities such as African, Spanish and Taino," Rep. Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) said. "The increased access to information will serve to educate people that although from many different backgrounds, we share a common experience in the unique intermingling of cultures that is reflected in the arts, food, music, literature and faces of the beautiful Puerto Rican people."