NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The nation’s largest Puerto Rican celebration drew an estimated 1 million spectators on Fifth Avenue Sunday.
As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, it has been 56 years since Puerto Rican leaders in New York first began the annual tradition of putting on a parade on the streets of Manhattan. Today, the celebration has become a stunning and spectacular show, attracting 80,000 marchers.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Fifth Avenue was a sea of Puerto Rican flags, hats, t-shirts and bandannas.
Paradegoers were singing and dancing as the music blasted from the passing floats, while marching bands and dancers entertained the throngs of crowds, Smith reported.