By Yadira Betances
---- — LAWRENCE — Local singers and dancers will share the stage with national and international performers during the carnival at Hispanic Week tomorrow through Sunday at Campagnone Common.
Artists performing on the Bernstein Stage at the Common will include Puerto Rican salsa and reggaeton singer, Michael Stuart; Dominican singer Tulile; DJ Producer Rawskillz; singer and songwriter Nayris Sanchez as well as KRose of Rhode Island whose music mixes R&B, pop and bachata and bachata singer Evaristo Fama of Rhode Island.
Local bands performing will include New Journey, made up of five musical brothers from Lawrence who play bachata urbana by combining rhythm and blues, rock and pop. Also from Lawrence is City Island, a duo of two brothers. Other local performers include Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Taller Borinqueno (Puerto Rican cultural group) and Lawrence Performing Arts from Lawrence High School.
Hispanic Week Festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary under the theme, “Linking Up with Your Community,” said festival president Sara I. Saldana.
Hispanic Week was founded by community activist and radio show host Isabel Melendez.
“I feel happy and proud that we’ve reached this milestone,” Melendez said. “When you build something on a good foundation, nothing will bring it down.”
In addition to the performances at the common, the carnival will have rides, games, petting zoo and food for sale. Carnival opens at 6 p.m. today and tomorrow and at noon Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday’s parade starts at noon and will be led by marshals Virginia Lavayen Garcia and Ivon Gois. Senoritas dressed in colorful gowns and bedecked with tiaras will ride in convertibles or floats along the parade route. Miss Hispanic Week 2013 is Shanell V. Sanchez; Jensine Aviles is representing the youth during the festival. Other pageant winners were Jaydalise Davila, Little Miss Hispanic Week and Nathaniel Ficher as king; Brianna Sanchez, is the Child Queen and Kahliyah Calixto, is Tiny Queen.
The parade will feature floats representing such countries as Puerto Rico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Haiti and marchers from area service organizations and sports teams.
The parade starts in the parking lot of Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St. It proceeds on Holly Street, Daisy Street, up Broadway and Haverhill Street, ending at Campagnone Common.