Bachata Heightz will perform on the Daily News float.



“Bachata is getting bigger and bigger,” says bassist Diego (Dee Major) Capellan, in light of their international success that next month will have them headlining the Bachata Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“I think it’s becoming the new pop,” Capellan added. “Artists like Enrique Iglesias and Thalia are doing bachata. And even people in Russia can relate to it, because it’s a rhythm that captivates you and makes you want to dance when you’re happy, but if you’re sad, you listen to the lyrics. That’s the beauty of bachata.”

October also offers a pair of kid-friendly events. The seventh edition of the Hispanic/Latino Book Fair of New York, at Queens’ Renaissance Charter School (35-39, 81st St., Jackson Heights), is a free, three-day event from 6 p.m. on Friday to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday that includes book readings and children’s activities.

This year’s fair is dedicated to Colombian writer and SUNY’s Oneonta College professor Gustavo Arango, author of such novels “El Origen del Mundo.” Arango will do a Q&A about his work at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. More information on the fair is at

On Sat. Oct. 19th, El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Ave.) will dedicate one of its Super Sábado kid events to the Mexican celebration Día de los Muertos.

The all-day event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a musical procession of skulls from Central Park’s Dana Discovery Center at 110th St. to the museum, followed by a face-painting extravaganza at noon and a two-hour storytelling session on the Day of the Dead beginning at 1 p.m.

The event concludes with a performance of Aztec and Mexican folkloric dances by the Ballet Folklórico Mexicano of New York, at 4pm.

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