117th Philippines Independence Day Parade Celebration ~ June 7, 2015
In New York City, thousands of Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and families & friends gather to celebrate the Philippine Independence Day Parade held every first Sunday in June. It is a day for festivities, family, and plenty of food for Filipinos in the metropolitan area. Everywhere you can see the Philippine flag and its colors – which are red, white, blue, and yellow. The women are dressed up in Filipiniana mestiza dress which have the butterfly sleeves or the Imelda sleeve ~ a very popular style of clothing during special events. Pearls are abundance. The men traditionally wear a suit, notably an embroidered formal shirt which is lightweight and worn untucked over an undershirt, paired with dark slacks and matching shoes. Filipinos are known to be loud and festive and always a joyous crowd — As you can tell they are very cheerful and traditional people. They also welcoming, hospitable, and easily excitable!
MABUHAY! ~ Translated in English, Long Live, cheers!
The Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) Independence Day Street Fair takes place on Madison Avenue between 24th and 26th Street from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. It’s the all-day-long crowd-drawer being that it’s a miniature Filipino food festival and merchandise and exhibit expo. For the two blocks of Madison Avenue the East side is lined up with food booths selling the distinctive Filipino barbeque, the halo-halo, ukoy, fish balls, pancit (noodles), and a host of other Filipino delights. The West side is lined up with corporate booths, exhibits, and booths selling merchandise galore!
Here are videos of the various many floats and the people who attended including Grand Marshal ~ Reuben Seguritan, New York Senator ~ Chuck Schumer, Philippine Consul General ~ Mario L de Leon, Jr., PIDCI President 2015 ~ Fe C. Martinez, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs ~ Albert F. del Rosario, Sofia Abad, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, and many many more!
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