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Photo Essay – National Puerto Rican Day Parade – New York City – June 9, 2019

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Pride and color abounded as the 62nd National Puerto Rican Day Parade marched up Fifth Ave on a sunny-tempered late spring day.

Hundreds of thousands waved flags, greeted politicians, and roared as their hometown groups sauntered by, dressed in tradition, singing songs passed through centuries, and prancing to the crowds delight.

Prancing indeed up the avenue, AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] ran the whole parade route, occasionally stopping for a greeting hug, a kiss here and there, maybe a sign of more to come from this freshman representative.

On the whole, a great day for a parade, a great day to celebrate Puerto Rico as the island continues to rebound.

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20190609©DayPRParade5822.jpgNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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20190609©DayPRParade6051.jpgU.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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20190609©DayPRParade6196.jpg Chuck SchumerU.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

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Orpheus floats await the riding membership in the convention center.

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Jeff Day, an independent photographer based in New York City, documents city life celebrations and the renewal of historical tradition in contemporary voice in the streets. He is completing two books, New Orleans Black and White and New York Street.  A lifelong sailor, Jeff has also documented the water’s edge and shore towns of New York, New England, the Gulf Coast, and Eastern Spain.

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To see more of Jeff’s work, click here.

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All copyrighted photos courtesy of Jeff Day.