Mexican Day Parade

September 21, 2008

Most of the year, New York’s Mexican community is nearly invisible. To outsiders, its members appear to be no different than any of the other recently-arrived Latin American immigrants. But today is Mexican residents’ day to shine.

This afternoon the Mexican Day Parade (also known as the Mexican Independence Parade) was held on Madison Avenue between 26th and 42nd Streets. A relatively recent tradition, which celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain, the annual event began in the 1990s and has grown larger every year.

Today a procession of lowriders (both the automotive and bicycle varieties) roared down the street, followed by floats, marching bands and a large contingent of Bolivian dancers. The weather was perfect, the crowd was enthusiastic, the mariachis played, the women danced and the kids were entranced. It was a great day for vendors selling anything in green, red and white (the colors of the Mexican flag), too.

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Watching the parade

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The queen of the parade

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Young couple

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Viva Mexico headband

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Dancer

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Boy with painted face

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Sitting and watching

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A dancer

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Fascinated

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Girl in the crowd

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Boy holding flag

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Drummers from marching band

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Friends watching together

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Proud papa

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Peeking out from under police barrier

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Holding a mask

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Lowrider family

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Stroller draped with sequined saint

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Dancers leaping

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Mini-Mexican

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