NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The nation’s largest Puerto Rican celebration drew an estimated 1 million spectators on Fifth Avenue Sunday.READ MORE: Gen. Colin Powell, Former Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Due To Complications From COVID-19
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.