The parade was loud and col­or­ful. There was a lot of cheer­ing and cel­e­brat­ing, espe­cial­ly any time some­one said the word “Boricua”. The crowd would go crazy! The marchers rep­re­sent­ed all of the uni­form ser­vices in the city: The Police Depart­ment, State Troop­ers, Fire Depart­ment, San­i­ta­tion Depart­ment, Cor­rec­tion and The NY/NJ Port Author­i­ty. There were march­ing bands rep­re­sent­ing the many dif­fer­ent towns of Puer­to Rico. On the floats, there were famous singers, t.v. stars, radio and news stars. It was very excit­ing and joy­ous to see thou­sands of Puer­to Ricans cel­e­brate their pride. If you looked down either direc­tion of 5th Avenue, all you could see was a sea of wav­ing Puer­to Rican flags. It sent a chill up and down my spine to see so much joy and pride in our peo­ple. It was just one big block par­ty on 5th Avenue.