New York’s Hispanic Day Parade Exalts Cultural Traditions

The Barranquilla Carnival delegation stood out for its colorful attire. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via Queens Latino)

[Below are excerpts from a story by Queens Latino’s Humberto Arellano.]

On Sunday, on a gray, drizzly day, the 53rd Hispanic Day Parade marched along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

Folkloric groups from different Latin American nations and Spain took part in the parade, where a large audience gathered to encourage the participants with applause and cheers.

The directors of the parade – led by its president, Agustín Nantes, and its coordinator, Edgardo Alonso – were in attendance, as was Consul General of Spain in New York Rafael Conde, among other dignitaries and personalities. Assemblyman Félix Ortiz served as grand marshal.

Consul General of Colombia in New York María Isabel Rueda danced as her country’s representatives marched up Fifth Avenue.

As always, the Bolivian delegation stood out for its colorful outfits and the large groups it brings to these types of events.

“Seeking to unite Latinos”

The Bolivian delegation always stands out. (Photo by Humerto Arellano via Queens Latino)

[Below are excerpts from a story by Queens Latino’s Javier Castaño]

“No one reaches their goal in one try or flies high the first time around,” said Agustín Nantes, president of the Hispanic Day Parade, (…) during the gala held at the Astoria World Manor in Queens on Friday, two days before the parade.

Nantes said that the event does not have a political, racial or religious agenda, and that “we only seek to unite Latinos so that we can be recognized in this country.”

The gala was hosted by Damaris Díaz, who said that the Hispanic Day Parade celebrates “the Hispanic heritage and culture of all of us who are proud to live in the United States.” She added that “our hearts are with Puerto Rico and Mexico, who have suffered natural disasters and need our help.”

Edgardo Alonso, coordinator of the parade, said that “our primary objective is to preserve our culture and promote our values among children and our families.”

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