Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Event: Philly's 50th Puerto Rican Day Parade

As Philadelphia's Puerto Rican Parade approaches this Sunday, September 30th, I have to ask the Philly residents, "Who exactly puts on the show?" Also ask yourself, where is the parade? If you say American Street and Lehigh Avenue then you're completely wrong. Founded in 1962, The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio) is the oldest Latino organization in Philadelphia and has a well-established reputation as a leader for Latino family services.

The parade, produced by Concilio, has been around for 50 years now. Originally the parade went through Olde City but now starts at the Benjamin Franklin Parkways and wraps around Center City on its way back.  With a variety of floats and performances, this year's theme was based on the Puerto Rican woman. Unfortunately what happens next (after 5 p.m.) is somewhat not as exciting. Don't catch yourself around 2nd or 5th Street after Girard Avenue because for some reason the streets are blocked. There's no pride in running around acting like a mad man waving a flag you probably don't know anything about.

If you can't catch the parade on the parkways, you can watch it live on 6abc from 1 p.m. -3 p.m. Enjoy!
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