Largest Cuban Festival to Pay Tribute to Celia Cruz

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One of the biggest festivals in the country, Festival Cubano will take place next weekend in Chicago. To honor the late Cuban-American Celia Cruz, the festival has teamed up with The Celia Cruz Foundation to showcase memorabilia of the salsa star. 

"Being that she frequented Chicago many times, I think it's important to have her presence there," Omer Pardillo told NBC Latino. Padillo is the founder of The Celia Cruz Foundation. "I'm very proud to be her ex-manager and keep her legacy alive."

Original photographs, records and even a pair of shoes will be showcased among other things from Padilla's private collection of Cruz memorabilia. Since Cruz did a lot of community work in her lifetime, Padilla will be giving part of the proceeds to fund The Chicago Cuba Project, an oral history project dedicated to documenting the lives of Cuban immigrants in the Chicago area.

The festival will take place August 4th through the 5th. Find out more information at

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