Lova Boy. Photo by Kurt Sanchez
CHICAGO, USA -- On Sunday, the annual Chicago Belize Day at the Park was held at the Hawthorne Race Track in the city of Chicago. The event featured music, traditional Caribbean, Belizean, Latin and American Food. Also, the most anticipated performance by local and award winning recording musicians that included Taprick, Concego, JOBO, Danki Man, Lil’ June and Lova Boy, who headlined the summer event.
The family and community event has been growing for years. In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed the first Sunday of August as “Chicago Belize Day in the State”, which serves to recognize the contributions of Chicago’s growing Belizean American and immigrant community in the city of Chicago and state.
The musical and entertainment acts did not disappoint the estimated crowd of thousands who attended to be part of the festivities. From the high energy of rising stars like Lil’ June, Concego, Taprick to the crowd pleasing Danki Man and Lova Boy’s antics who featured in a Punta Dance Off with a young Punta dancer the crowd chose as the winner.
The crowd included people from nearby states like Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Kentucky. In addition, people came from California, New York, Maryland, Texas, Maryland, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Honduras.
On his Facebook page, the Prince of Belize thanked his supporters.
“All my beautiful Belizean people showing pride and representing in heavy numbers @ the 2014 Chicago Belize day at the park. Thank you guys so much for being so awesome and allowing me to entertain you. I have to commend the organizers (Belize Educational fund and day in the park committee) you guys sacrifice a whole lot and go out your way to bring us Belizeans together for such a beautiful day of celebrations,” said Lova Boy, who in July of 2014 made history by being the first Punta Rock artist to be featured at the annual Houston Caribbean Festival, where close to 30,000 people came to see his talents.