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Puerto Rican Marching Bands to Perform at Biden-Harris Inauguration: 'We Will Bring Latin Flavor'

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have officially been sworn into the White House, and to celebrate, artists such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks performed at the official swearing-in ceremony early Wednesday (Jan. 20).

Now, the celebration continues with the many post-inaugural events, including the virtual “Parade Across America” Wednesday afternoon. According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the livestream “will feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities in all 56 states and territories, celebrate America’s heroes, and highlight the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country.”

Representing Puerto Rico in the prestigious event are different marching bands, dance groups, and color guards, who promise to bring the “Latin flavor” to the inauguration. Confirmed to perform are Puerto Rico Royalty Colorguard, Centenaria Banda Colegio University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Latin Power Dance & Arts, and Banda Macaná de Guayanilla.

“The most awaited day by all of us is finally here!” PR Royalty Colorguard shared on their Instagram. “Today we will be virtually taking our Puerto Rican representation to Washington and our island will be represented to the maximum. We will bring sabor Latino to the rhythm of the Puerto Rican salsa of ‘Timbalero’ and ‘Aguanilé.’ Puerto Rico will make history today, January 20, 2021!”

Marching band Banda Macaná de Guayanill also shared their excitement on social media, stating: “We will represent the Southwest of Puerto Rico and our people of Guayanilla with great pride and humility.” Earlier this month, Banda Colegial shared some behind-the-scenes photos of the groups preparing for their big day. (See below.)

Catch the wave of Puerto Rican music acts at the virtual “Parade Across America” event starting at 3:15 p.m. ET by clicking here.