Monday, September 26, 2022

The joy of Puerto Ricans floods Fifth Avenue in New York

New York- The joy of Puerto Ricans, their music and their single-star flag flooded Fifth Avenue in New York this Sunday in the face-to-face return of their traditional parade, after a two-year break due to the crisis. of health caused by covid-19.

“I am Puerto Rican so that you know it” was once again loudly heard among the 75 floats and some 15,000 people who marched along the famous New York thoroughfare, which gradually filled with people and hubbub on this annual tour that celebrates its 65th anniversary.

The parade started after the traditional ribbon-cutting in which the directors of the parade, Governor Kathy Hochul and Grand Marshal Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education of the United States, participated, who told Efe that he was “proud” to celebrate his culture with his community.

“I am very proud because I know that this flag represents the efforts of my grandparents and my parents to get here (USA),” said Cardona, who debuted in the New York parade, considered the largest in the country and the largest Puerto Rican cultural expression outside the island.

Puerto Ricans came from the island, from other states, and the five boroughs of New York, like Ashley Avilés and her family, to celebrate their contributions to the country and their culture and proudly display their flag.

They arrived carrying their national emblem or wrapped in it, waving it with energy and emotion as the floats and delegations passed by, painted on their faces or adorning their pets.

“We are here from 7:30 in the morning to have a good place,” said Avilés, who came with her husband and children and assured that she waited patiently to return and celebrate with her community.

The black and white flag of Puerto Rico, a symbol of resistance, was not lacking in the parade, which welcomed several groups carrying signs with the message “Puerto Rico is not for sale”, a complaint against the attempt of investors to buy properties on the island due to the attractiveness of tax exemptions that accelerated after the pandemic.

“Las Lolitas” were also present, a group of women who dressed as Lolita Lebrón, the nationalist who in 1954 led a shooting attack on the US House of Representatives, along with three men, to claim the island’s independence.

“I did not come to kill anyone, I came to die for Puerto Rico” was the banner that presided over them, with the words that Lebrón said when she was arrested.

The Puerto Rican national parade is an unavoidable event for politicians, particularly in an election year like this, and several candidates were seen led by Governor Hochul, who aspires to renew her mandate.

Neither did Eric Adams in his first parade as mayor of the city, who wore a short-sleeved white guayabera with the flag of Puerto Rico, which is a shirt of Cuban origin with four pockets.

“We are here enjoying after two years of not being able to march, enjoying this great spirit and energy of the Puerto Rican community,” Adams said.

Likewise, there was former Mayor Bill de Blasio, who last May launched his candidacy for Congress.

The typical bomba and plena dances returned to Fifth Avenue, where salsa and reggaeton were the main protagonists, and the famous urban singer Nicky Jam, King of the parade, as well as the hip-hop icon Fat Joe, his godfather, caused a stir.

But the total madness of the young people was when a boy who was riding a float, who greeted like a star, was confused with the famous reggaeton singer Bad Bunny, although he did not get anyone doubt.

“Bad Bunny, Bad Bunny”, they shouted euphorically, while the followers around their float grew.

Louis Maldonado, president of the parade, told Efe that he was pleased with the return of the event, and the joy, and energy of his compatriots.

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