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For a Day, Everyone Is Puerto Rican

The Nation | IN BRIEF / NEW YORK

June 14, 2004|From Times Wire Services

Tens of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue in a sea of red, white and blue to celebrate all things Puerto Rican in one of the city's biggest parades.

On a day when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared everyone Puerto Rican "by mayoral order," thousands thronged the streets, trying to catch a glimpse of celebrities and dancing to the heavily amplified salsa and merengue music from floats.

New York City has nearly 800,000 Puerto Ricans. The parade has been an annual event since 1958. "This is probably one of the most fun parades," Bloomberg said. "It's definitely one of its most joyous and well attended."

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