NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fifth Avenue exploded with rhythm Sunday for the 54 annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Nearly two million spectators lined the street as 80,000 participants marched down the parade route. It’s all part of a weekend long celebration of Puerto Rican heritage and culture.

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In a sea of red, white and blue, the colors of both the Puerto Rican and American flags, Demara Santana and friends say they couldn’t be more proud.

“Awesome being Puerto Rican,” said Santana. “We’re joy, we’re life with everything. It’s filled with everything to be Puerto Rican.”

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John Leguizamo was named the global ambassador to the arts for the parade. The Puerto Rican day parade has been an annual event in New York City since 1958.

The theme for this year’s parade is “celebrating the natural beauty of Puerto Rico.”

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