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Puerto Rican Pride Takes to Streets in N.Y. Parade

June 10, 2002|From Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Sunday along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue to express their Puerto Rican pride mixed with American patriotism in honor of those killed Sept. 11.

In a city with a Puerto Rican population of nearly 800,000, politicians were among many dignitaries who participated. This year, the parade's grand marshal was Nicholas Estavillo, who is Puerto Rican and chief of patrol for New York City police.

"They are commemorating the parade to the victims of the World Trade Center," he said. Angel Gonzalez, 25, said he lost a friend in the attack and wanted to attend the parade in part to honor firefighters and police officers.

"It's more important now than ever," said Gonzalez, wearing a bandanna in the design of the Puerto Rican flag.

No incidents were reported as the parade was underway.

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