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Fiesta de Santiago de Apůstol in Loiza Aldea, Puerto Rico

On July 25, the annual Santiago de Apůstol Festival is held in Loiza Aldea. This celebration is held to honor the cityís patron saint, St. James the Apostle. Many people believe St. James to be incarnated from African gods. Local residents line the streets to enjoy parades, concerts, and other celebrations. Masked vejigantes, individuals who represent the invading Moors stopped by St. James, but also symbolize mythical creatures with horns, are another festival highlight. The masks worn by the Vejigantes are elaborately decorated and popular festival souvenirs.

 

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