The streets of Melrose rang out with the sound of music, children’s cheer, and applause as We Stay / Nos Quedamos celebrated it 2nd annual WE ARE MELROSE street fair. Hundreds gathered to join the community-wide celebration that brought together a multicultural patronage that reflected the region’s diversity in aptly themed event — “COMÚN-UNIDAD: Common Unity = Community.”
The cultural programming echoed that maxim with performances by poets and cultural groups representing Puerto Rico, Mexico, Honduras and West Africa, a sample microcosm of the neighborhood’s ethnic makeup. A special carnival-like treat was provided area resident Roberto Velásquez, AKA “The Real Iceman,” as he dunked himself in a tank of water filled with ice cubes. And while onlookers felt a chill up their , it didn’t stop them from delighting in the icicles provided by event sponsor Delicioso Coco.