Paperwork Mixup Delays Puerto Rican Fest

Chicago Park District officials said insurance documents weren't provided

By Lauren Jiggetts
|  Thursday, Jun 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:34 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Chicago police unexpectedly shut down the Puerto Rican Fest for several hours, angering festival-goers and prompting criticism from organizers. Lauren Jiggetts reports.

Chicago police unexpectedly shut down the Puerto Rican Fest for several hours, angering festival-goers and prompting criticism from organizers. Lauren Jiggetts reports.

One of Chicago's biggest summer festivals kicked off Thursday with a bit of confusion and controversy.

The opening of the 30th annual Puerto Rican Fest was delayed for several hours, angering hundreds of festival-goers who were kept outside the gates and prompting criticism from organizers.

Chicago Park District officials said necessary documents relating to insurance coverage of the Humboldt Park event were missing. But organizers said all documents relating to the event were turned in two months ago.

"Why don't they say nothing before, when we sent the papers over there about a month ago?" said festival president Angel Medina.

Gates finally opened at about 8:45 p.m., when the permit issues were apparently resolved.

"We had to go to the mayor's office. We had to go to a lot of people above because there was a sabotage," said State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago).

Fewer officers are scheduled to patrol the festival compared to previous years because of manpower concerns elsewhere in the city.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out