Chicago Puerto Rican parade, festival back together in Humboldt Park for 1st time in 2 years

Chicago Puerto Rican parade, festival back together in Humboldt Park for 1st time in 2 years

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Puerto Rican Peoples’ Parade, stepped off Saturday for the forty fourth time in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

It is a Chicago custom stuffed with a lot pleasure and heritage

Residents and political leaders waved the island’s flag proudly down what’s referred to as Paseo Boricua, a stretch of Division Road close to Western.

“I am simply very glad and proud to be celebrating my tradition, born and raised right here in Humboldt Park,” mentioned Shacora Hawkins. “So, I am very glad to know the parade returned this 12 months. It is only a nice day to rejoice group, household, and simply being right here in Chicago below the good climate.”

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This 12 months’s parade honors the fiftieth anniversary of the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican Excessive Faculty, which began within the basement of a constructing the neighborhood.

It is the primary time in two years the Puerto Rican competition and the parade are being celebrated inside the similar weekend.

“I see now that we’re extra collectively due to what occurred with COVID,” mentioned Maria Trujillo.

It is a weekend filled with Puerto Rican pleasure with meals, music and rides.

“Being Boricua, Puerto Rican, puertorriqueña implies that we’re sharing with everybody, not simply Puerto Ricans, however all Latinos. And, for me particularly as an expert in increased ed, it is about training, empowering our group,” mentioned Maria Llobiz.

Division Road between Sacramento and Western will stay closed till Sunday evening because the festivities proceed. Meaning should you plan to come back out, you are going to wish to be affected person. There can be an entire lot of visitors, however not quite a lot of parking spots.

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