Here in Philly there are hundreds of festivals that go on throughout the year. However, 2009 brought difficulties to these event planners...the Puerto Rican Day parade was no different. In fact, councilwoman Quiñones is trying to lower to the costs to produce the parade. According to an article in Al Dia, "La concejal María Quiñones Sánchez está en negociaciones con la ciudad de Filadelfia para bajar la cuenta municipal de la Parada Puertorriqueña de $30 mil."
It's very difficult to produce these events. Every year I've noticed attendee percentages go way down. What could it be? I mean the festival is free and in the city. Are Latinos afraid to come this way? I don't think they should. I work in the city and live in Northern Liberties, I also like going to El Centro de Oro every now and then. FYI - It's not that difficult to get around!
P.S. The 47th Regional Puerto Rican Day Parade is on Sunday, September 27th and begins at 12:00 noon at 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, marches north along 16th Street to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and winds up at Eakins Oval near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.