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Rain couldn’t dampen the proud spirit and colorful exuberance of Philadelphia’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Despite showers connected to Tropical Storm Ophelia, the event brought participants and spectators to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and performances went on as planned, filling the area in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum with rhythm and music.
The theme of this year’s parade, organized by Concilio in cooperation with Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, was “A celebration of Latino culture in the heart of the city.”
“We’re very happy — as you can see, we have children, teachers, and volunteers,” event manager Marylin Rodriguez told Billy Penn, in Spanish. “We’re very proud to be Puerto Rican, [but] we welcome everyone, not just Puerto Ricans.”
The parade is one of Philadelphia’s oldest cultural events, and is broadcast live on 6ABC.
Everyone who was present either marched, danced, sang, or smiled as the droplets shone on their umbrellas, ponchos, costumes, and faces.
Scroll down for photos from the wet but exciting day of Puerto Rican pride.
Solmaira Valerio is a North Philly native photographer. They studied photography at the Community College of Philadelphia and graduated with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Clinical Psychology from Temple...
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