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Cultural Pride Abound on 5th Avenue for the Hispanic Day Parade

15 Oct
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Spain Kicks Off the Grand Event

     Wrapping up the national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month was done in grand fashion in a way that only New York can do. A grand parade celebrating Hispanic culture, history and contribution to the quilt of this great city and nation took place on Sunday. Thousands marched and danced and sang with great pride up 5th Avenue while hundreds of thousands cheered them on. This is largest parade of its kind in the US. People came from all parts of the US, Europe, Central and South America to be part of the spectacular event.  Media coverage was extended locally and globally via television.  Opening up the parade is the display of flags from all the nations participating from an honorary marching band.

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Presentation of the Flags

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Bolivians with Big Hearts

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Honduran Traditional Dress

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Panamanian Float

     The way this parade works is the opening group is the mother country, Spain. Their representatives dressed in medieval attire this with some amazing costumes. They set the tone for what would be a spectacular show of culture and pride. Countries display part of their cultural heritage starting in alphabetical order.  Argentina kicked things off with about 8 pairs of tango dancers. Bolivia showed off a variety of dances. The high energy caporales are dedicated to San Simon (St. Paul) while the Morenales have a more slow rhythmic pace. Tinkus are more indigenous in nature. Then the party started when the Colombians showed up. Their group of a hundred revelers really got the crowd worked up with their fun antics. Cumbia dancers followed them with some traditional steps.

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Bolivian Caporales Dancing For San Simon

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Frolicking Colombians Starting Trouble

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Dominican Lechones Getting the Crowd Whipped Up

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Guatemalan Cowboy

     Chileans were applauding their dancers recreating the Handkerchief Dance. Costa Rica sent some stylish dancers. Dominicans had their lechones whipping up some action. Ecuador had a group doing a traditional dance. El Salvador sent an internationally acclaimed marching band, El Carbonara to get the crowd ready for more more marching bands. Guatemala sent a group of cowboys and cowgirls with some of the more beautiful horses ever to be part of a NYC parade. Hondurans were proud of their singers and dancers. Mexico had a few traditional dancers that really got the crowd worked up.

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Mexican Traditional Dancer

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Panamanian Drum Master

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Guatemalan Aristocrat

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Peruvians dancing up a storm

     Nicaragua and Paraguay had some beautiful costumes. Bottle dancers were seen balancing bottles on their head. One of the largest groups of the parade made their presence felt in grand style. Panama sent their ladies dressed in fancy polleras while marching bands from schools in Panama made their people proud. Peru had traditional dancers perform an energetic dance. Puerto Rico has a nice group dancing salsa while the all female drum band Fogo Azul got in on the fun. Uruguay gets to have the most attention when their Candombe drummers and dancers take over 5th Avenue. Closing out the parade is Venezuela displaying their tropical paradise and warning of its  threatening loss due to climate change and fires. Political statements are not allowed in the parade but it was clear that Venezuela was sending out an SOS message.

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Flamenco Dancers Showing off their Moves

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Argentinian Gaucho

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Bolivian Diablos

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Cumbia Dancers Having Fun

     This was one of the best parades of the city because of the different cultures on display. They all speak the same language but all have different customs. It was great to see those traditions passed on from one generation to the other. It was truly a day to be prideful of being Hispanic and a proud day to be a New Yorker.

Written by: Albert Terc

Photos by: Albert Terc and Aluche_Events

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Que Viva La Hispanidad

Layout of Hispanic Day Parade

Hispanics Heat Up 5th Ave. with Some Hot Dancing

15 Oct
Parade of Flags

Parade of Flags

Every second Sunday in October, 5th Ave. turns into a colorful show of traditional costume and dance as Hispanics proudly display one or more parts of their culture. Some things you may not even see in their country but you will see it in NYC. That’s what makes parades in NYC better than any parades in any other city in the world. No where else will you see over 18 countries send representatives to march and show off the best of their culture. This one of my favorite parades to cover because of all the different customs and costumes. Although the same language is spoken in all these countries, the customs and traditions have their own identity. Much like your great grandmother had children and each took off to blaze their own trail, the parade started off with mother Spain and their display of flamenco dancers and the bagpipe band of Casa Galicia. They really got the crowd worked up for what was sure to be a fitting end to Hispanic Heritage Month. The 47th version of the Hispanic Day Parade included a competition among the participants for the coveted Cultural Appreciation Award.

Flamenco Dancers from Spain

Flamenco Dancers from Spain

 

Casa Galicia

Casa Galicia

 

Argentinian Dancers

Argentinian Dancers

As in previous parades, the groups appear in alphabetical order with Argentina kicking it off with some gauchos dancing and an incredible pair of tango dancers steaming things up on 5th Ave.  The heat just kept on building when the dancers from Bolivia marched up with their colorful costumes. Bolivians have always had a large group as they have three main dances, the morenadas, the caporales, and the tinkus. The Chileans made their way up the parade route in cowboy costumes. Another larger group were the Colombians with their brilliant costumes and fast paced dancing that really got the crowd dancing salsa and cumbia with them. A van with a huge rack of speakers blasted some hot merengue so some Dominican diablos can dance and work the crowd.  A float with some Ecuadorians kicked up the heat a notch with some sizzling boosters followed by some traditional dancing. A fired up marching band from El Salvador worked the crowd with their drumbeat.  Last years award winner from Guatemala arrived with marchers dressed in official military attire.  The Honduran group had a lively presentation with dancers and a marching band that could rival any band from NYC.

Bolivian dancers

Bolivian dancers

 

Dominican beauty

Dominican beauty

 

Ecuadorians working the crowd

Ecuadorians working the crowd

Keeping the torrid pace of dancing were the Mexican chinelos hopping up and down in their typical high energy style. This year’s award winner, Panama, had a large group arrive with the ladies in decorative polleras, strong marching bands from Panama and some spicy dancing. They deserved the prize. Paraguay arrived with the ladies balancing bottles on their heads. Another large group were from Peru with both traditional costume and dance. Towards the end of that section were a group of sizzling dancers that really worked it. Closing out the parade was the drum group from Uruguay with their hot and sexy dancers that got the crowd all worked up and wanting more.  But all good things must come to an end and this year’s Hispanic Day Parade was filled with lots of color and pride for all of NYC to see and be a part of.

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God Bless the Americas

God Bless the Americas

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