September 15 to October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, with a number of celebrations going on throughout Philly, from the Ferria del Barrio in El Centro de Oro (September 8th) and the Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn’s Landing (September 15th). The Puerto Rican Day Parade later this month on September 29th, is a special event celebrating the culture and traditions of Puerto Rican heritage with poetry, dance, and floats.
Outside of Puerto Rico itself, Philadelphia has the second largest Puerto Rican population in the mainland United States, falling right behind New York City. Since Puerto Ricans started emigrating to Philadelphia in the late 1800s and early 1900s, generations of Puerto Rican people have built a strong foundation of Latino culture in Philly, bringing beautiful tradition, amazing music and delicious food.
The event is organized by The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations aka Concilio, which was founded in 1962 to recognize and voice the needs of Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican and Latino communities, as a means to improve the quality of life in the community. For over 50 years, Concilio has celebrated Puerto Rican culture with the Puerto Rican Day Parade, making it the oldest event in Philly dedicated to honoring and celebrating Latino heritage.
The parade runs from 12pm-3pm and begins at 16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway then ends at Eakins Oval by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. After the parade, you can enjoy music, food and fun at American Street and Lehigh Avenue. Can’t make the parade this year? Catch it live on 6ABC!