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Rain Can't Dampen Spirits at 41st Puerto Rican Day Parade

June 15, 1998|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Thousands of people jammed Fifth Avenue on a rainy Sunday for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the subject of a recent controversial "Seinfeld."

This year's parade came after last month's episode of the NBC comedy in which a character accidentally burned the island's flag, angering Puerto Rican groups.

"He disrespected us by burning the flag like that, it wasn't right," said Jennifer Roman, a 23-year-old accountant from New Jersey.

Others said they were unfazed by the show in which the lead characters--Kramer, Elaine, George and Jerry--got stuck in a traffic jam because of the parade. In one scene, Kramer accidentally sets the flag on fire, and then stomps on it.

Proud Puerto Ricans fashioned the flag into capes, caps, scarves, sweatbands and even fingernail polish for the 41st annual parade.

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