It’s a rarity that we get an early start out of the house on a weekend morning but yesterday was an exception. The estimate for this year was that 2 million people would attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade and three of those attendees where me, my husband and my son.

Fred, Graycen, a one dollar whistle, and a two dollar flag = us at the Puerto Rican Day Parade


Unfortunately, we did not last long enough to see Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez.

Marc and Jenn, 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade

Marc and Jenn, 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade


However we were there long enough to see Ronald McDonald. Interesting how these things work out. As if to say, My Life on the D List.

image from 2009 Puerto Rican Day Parade


On Saturday there was the annual, and very enormous, street festival. I’m guessing that about 20 blocks are closed off, but maybe more. I believe there are four stages where artist come to perform and there is of course, food everywhere (!!). Given that I am both Puerto Rican and a resident of the neighborhood where it all takes place I have attended the last several years. Graycen has been attending since he was in the womb but this year was a bit more fun with him having the ability to shout “Boricua, baby.”

Graycen checking out the street festival.

Puerto Rican pride


This years highlights included watching my son eat 4 coco flavored ices as well as watching him flip out over the man dressed as a green stick of gum. He just kept saying “no like Easter Bunny” which is apparently code word for people who dress up in costumes. Of course, the biggest thrill was attending the parade.


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  1. Charissa - The Gifted Blog Says:

    2 million! Amazing. I loved hearing about Graycen’s ability to articulate his pride and his response to the gum man. Sounds like a good time.

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