La fiesta empieza...

Que vive los cabezudos...It's that time of the year again...this weekend San Juan will celebrate the 38th edition of the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián. Cabezudos, music, Ricky Martin, and more music is the name of the game this year. This year's edition of the Fiestas will honor singer Rickey Martin who will be present on Thursday for the dedication ceremony. Tomorrow between 8:30 y 10:00 p.m., during a live transmission of the program “Así canta Puerto Rico” (TUTV), host Luisito Vigoreaux will conduct the dedication ceremony during a live broadcast from the Plaza del Quinto Centenario.

If you are planning to attend the party action, however, authorities are suggesting that participants take advantage of special preparations Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas (DTOP) has made to limit traffic into the Old San Juan. With a new promotion called "La fiesta empieza en el Tren Urbano", DTOP has designed an integrated an "integrated system" to transport passengers to Old San Juan. The service will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Service will be available during all four days until 2:00 a.m.

The integrated service will use the Tren Urbano, buses from the Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses, and even ferries from the piers at Cataño. DTOP authorities are referring to the service as the "Ruta expreso pa’ la San Sebastián... las fiestas empiezan en el Tren Urbano"’, because the service anticipated is an express route starting at the Sagrado Corazón train station in Santurce and offering buses every thirty minutes. There will 35 buses assigned to provide service.

While the service is not free, DTOP is offering a discount on an unlimited ticket. During fiestas, the ticket price will drop to $5, form $6 for an unlimited fare.

“PROGRAMA ARTÍSTICO”

All days:

  • 7:00 a.m. - Diana por las calles de San Juan
  • 8:00 a.m. - Expo. de pinturas y grabados (Casa Campeche)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Expo. de pintura (Antiguo Convento de los Dominicos)
Thursday:

  • 1:30 p.m. - Mapeyé en celebración 25to. aniversario Don Pedro y los Pitirres (frente antiguo Hijos de Borinquen)
  • 4:00 p.m. - Nandy y la Plena Juventud (Escuela Lincoln)
  • 4:45 p.m. - Corte de cinta y desfile de cabezudos / Comparsas por toda la Calle San Sebastián
  • 6:00 p.m. - Banda Estatal de P. R. (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 6:45 p.m. - Entrega de Premios San Sebastián 2008 (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 8:00 p.m. - “Así canta Puerto Rico” (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 10:00 p.m. - Atabal (Plaza V Centenario)
Friday:
  • 5:00 p.m. - Gran Desfile de Pueblo (Calle San Sebastián)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Banda Policía Municipal de SJ (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Son de Plena (La Barandilla)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Mario Hernández y Sexteto Borinquen (Plaza de Armas)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Plenéalo (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 9:30 p.m. - Willie Rosario (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 11:30 p.m. - Sonora Ponceña (Plaza V Centenario)
Saturday:

  • 11:00 a.m. - Desfile maestros y estudiantes (Calle San Sebastián)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Batucada Baobá (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 2:00 p.m. - Conjunto Típico Samaritano (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Orquesta Son de Aquí (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Bomba Tour (Plaza de Armas)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Parranderos de Loíza (Plaza de Armas)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Misa In Memoriam (Catedral)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Son de Plena (La Barandilla)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Orquesta Caribezón (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Baile de época (Antiguo Convento de los Dominicos)
  • 9:00 p.m. - Mapeyé (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 10:00 p.m. - Cultura Profética (Plaza V Centenario)
Sunday:
  • 10:30 a.m. - Desfile del Santo Patrón San Sebastián (desde el Colegio de Párvulos hasta la Catedral)
  • 11:00 a.m. - Misa dedicada al Santo Patrón San Sebastián (Catedral)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Simultánea de ajedrez (Calle San Sebastián, esquina Cruz)
  • 12:00 p.m. - Orquesta de güiros - (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Café colao (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 4:00 p.m. - Trío Los Favoritos (La Barandilla)
  • 4:00 p.m. - Ballet Guamanique (Plaza de Armas)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Taller Retablo (La Barandilla)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Bomba Tour (Plaza de Armas)
  • 6:00 p.m. - Plena Libre (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Ballet Jíbaros de PR (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 8:00 p.m. - Luis Perico Ortiz (Plaza V Centenario)
  • 10:00 p.m. - Millo Torres y el Tercer Planeta (Plaza V Centenario)