Puerto Rico street fest saluting Martin


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A decades-old street festival in San Juan's colonial district will dedicate its 2008 celebration to Ricky Martin.

Martin's international singing career and charitable work for children will be saluted at the San Sebastian Street Festival, which kicks off Jan. 17, organizers said Thursday.

The popular festival, now in its 38th year, is a raucous four-day celebration that attracts thousands to the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.

Martin said in a statement that he is thrilled to receive the honor.

The ex-Menudo member has long been one of Puerto Rico's top-selling artists. His hits include "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "She Bangs."

Martin created the nonprofit Ricky Martin Foundation to advocate for children's rights. He has also spoken out against human trafficking, especially the trafficking of children.