Cuban-American parade celebrates Latin American culture
Mariachi music, flashy floats and a sea of Latin American flags flooded Madison Avenue on Sunday.
“I’m excited,” said Carnival Cubano Parade president Barbara Cambom. “A lot of people, a lot of countries in this Cuban Hispanic parade.”
What do you want to know
- With a population of over 140,000, the city’s Cuban community is the largest in the country outside of Florida.
- Sunday’s Cuban carnival parade is the first since before the pandemic
- Mayor Eric Adams served as grand marshal of the parade and announced a special proclamation
Carnival Cubano Parade started on East 38th Street, descending to 27th Street.
“This city is invincible,” Mayor Eric Adams said during the parade. “It’s invincible because of the diversity. And the Cuban community is a symbol of this diversity.
Adams served as grand marshal of the parade and issued a special proclamation to mark the celebration.
“I’m thrilled to be here and to be Grand Marshall,” Adams said. “And he states that with all the different communities in this city, we all come together as New Yorkers. We all come together and we all want the best for this city.”
With a population of over 140,000, the city’s Cuban community is the largest in the country outside of Florida.
“Our parade celebrates Cuban culture but we are inclusive and invite everyone and all cultures to come and celebrate with us,” said Val Bortela, promotions director for the parade.
Parade goers say it’s an opportunity for New Yorkers from all Spanish-speaking countries to celebrate and stand in solidarity with the Cuban community.
“We need all of us,” said Amaya Corredor, a parade participant. “We must fight for freedom and we need the freedom to speak, whatever your beliefs or thoughts.”
Like so many other parades in the city, Carnival Cubano Parade has made a comeback after a years-long hiatus due to the pandemic. Organizers say they hope to see the celebration continue to grow.
“It’s important to have the support of the city, its recognition,” Bortela said. “It’s also important for us to celebrate our culture and not forget where we come from and share it with other Hispanic American cultures.”