We live in a country where everyone is diverse, unique and extraordinary in his or her own way. Multiculturalism is growing rapidly and there is no better way than to have a parade that welcomes anyone from any different ethnicity or culture to come and celebrate with one other.
The Puerto Rican Parade was held this past Sunday in Philadelphia. “The parade is meant to celebrate the Puerto Rican culture and heritage,” communication major and environmental studies minor said. Jenay who is the secretary for the club Amor Latino, went with nine other group members. “At the parade itself, there were well over 1,000 people in the parade, watching and passing by,” Jenay said.
At the parade, there were a diverse group of different cultural backgrounds that celebrated the Puerto Rican culture. Amongst them were many schools and organizations and individuals who were represented at the parade.
“I attended the parade because it is believe it or not a great way to learn,” Jenay said. “To learn about different organizations in the Puerto Rican and Latino community.” Some of the organizations are widely known, while others are not. Different people of Latino decent who are running for regional representative positions in government also come.
“Not to mention it is a great way to have fun,” Jenay said. This was Jenay’s second year at the parade. “I plan to attend many more,” Jenay said. Amor Latino goes to help educate Cabrini students about Puerto Rican culture in a fun way.
Part of Amor Latino’s mission is to celebrate and expose people to the Latino culture. “It’s important as a club to take advantage of local resources that can help us live our mission,” Jenay said.
The parade itself recognizes and celebrates the heritage. The parade showcases talents such as dances like the salsa, merengue, and bachata, a marching band, zumba, and so much more.
“It was extraordinary seeing everyone out there with so much pride,” Jenay said. “My favorite part was watching each group in the parade perform as they walked down the street.”
“Multiculturalism is great,” Jenay said. “The world is so rich and diverse, the best way to learn about it is to jump into another culture.”