Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Every year on the last Saturday of September, the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade takes place. Seeing as the Fairhill section of Philadelphia hosts the largest number of Hispanics in the city, it is no surprise that Fifth and Lehigh Streets were a part of the main attraction. The day consisted of a huge parade, tons of street vendors, concerts, moon bounces, games and lots of other family fun activities.
Latino people from all over the country traveled to Philadelphia this past weekend to take part in the festivities. Jose Ayala, told me he and his family come all the way from California each year to partake in the parade. To show his Puerto Rican pride, he sells t-shirts, flags and other souvenirs out of the back of his van. He says the parade and Halloween are his two most profitable occasions.
Despite the rain on Saturday, Lehigh Avenue was still jam packed with many proud Puerto Rican families who were extremely proud to be there celebrating their culture. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this tradition will continue on for many years to come.
By Samantha Bucher and Jarrett Barbour
Group 1, Fairhill
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