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These Photos Capture Over 5 Decades Of Pride At The Puerto Rican Day Parade

New York City’s Fifth Avenue will be decked out in red, white and blue Sunday in honor of the 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. ¡Wepa!

Under the theme Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces (One Nation, Many Voices), the event will celebrate the beautiful and diverse cultures shared by Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora.

The first parade took place Sunday, April 13, 1958, with approximately 125,000 people in attendance, according to the New York Daily News. This year, more than 1.5 million spectators are expected to line the 35-block parade route as 100,000 more people march, dance and ride their way down Fifth Avenue, including this year’s parade king and queen, Carmelo Anthony and Rosario Dawson. If the parades of the past are any indication, this year’s event will be spectacular.


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March 8th is International Women’s Day and this is Women’s History Month. La Respuesta magazine proudly celebrates and honors the immense contributions of Boricua women in Puerto Rico and the Diaspora. 

*The poster features a painting by Rafael Tufiño of his mother, called “La Goyita.” The quote and background text is from “A Julia de Burgos” by nuestra poeta nacional Julia de Burgos.

Onlookers watch a parade during the Feast of Saint James the Apostle in Loíza, Puerto Rico.

The municipality of Loíza is home to Puerto Rico’s largest concentration of black islanders. Legend says that the original town was named after one of the last female Taino cacique’s of the time named Yuiza. She is said to have become the lover of a black conquistador called Pedro Mejías, in order to protect her people. Pedro Mejías is one example of a number of free-African men who lived in Europe at the start of colonization, was baptized, and joined the Spaniards in expeditions and later invasions of the Caribbean. Historical records show that most of the original population of Loíza descended from enslaved Yoruba’s brought to Puerto Rico by the Spaniards, but also maroons and free-blacks from British colonies who had ended up in Puerto Rico. A royal decree by Spain in the seventeenth century, stated that the latter two groups were permitted to settle in Loíza as a way to defend Puerto Rico from British invasion; given that it was the islands weakest border of defense. 

Loíza is home to a large variety of Afro-Puerto Rican: dances, religious practices, cuisine, festivities, and other forms of cultural expression. The most popular festival is that in honor of St. James the Apostle, during the festivities African-influenced rituals and masks are present in celebrations. The Afro-Cuban syncretic religion Lucumí, which blends Yoruba and Catholic traditions together, has a large following in this particular area. Another popular African derived religion is the Congo-based Palo religion, with much older roots in Puerto Rico than Lucumí. Palo was directly brought to Puerto Rico by the Africans of modern day Congo and Angola; among the last group of enslaved people from that region was a man named Meliton Congo who later settled in Loíza. In 1914 the anthropologist, J. Alden Mason, interviewed Meliton who reported on a number of Kongo-based traditions found among the local population. Most notable was in the bomba; Puerto Rico’s traditional genre of African-based music and dance. Meliton noted that many of the songs were sang in a mixture of his native tongue Kikongo and Spanish.


International Cooking : 

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I’ve been working on Puerto Rican food for the past months and this is only the 1st part. I’m so nervous to post this because of the possible critique from Puerto Ricans. Personally I’m very critical of people who aren’t West Indian cooking our food..so I figure it might be the same. Or maybe I’m just the one who’s the asshole lmao I don’t know..I love puerto rican food a lot. Learning about the food and the culture I never realized how similar our cultures and mentalities are. Even a lot our foods are really similar. It’s cool.

1. Piononos : Sweet plaintain fried in strips, made into little pin wheels and stuffed with ground meat and then fried again in a batter or sometimes covered with cheese and baked to melt the cheese.

2. Bacalaitos : Salt fish fritters. Bacalao is cod fish..but I don’t eat unscale fish so I used a saltfish with scale. 

3. Chayote Relleno : Chayote squash filled with meat (picadillo) then topped with cheese and breadcrumbs (my breadcrumbs didn’t really brown but it still had a nice taste)

4. Pasteles : Ground/root vegetables (like yautia blanca, cassava..I forgot the rest) green banana. calabaza (pumpkin) and plaintain made into a paste..stuffed with meat, wrapped and then boiled in banana leaves…This is usually a traditional dish that is prepared by the whole family during holiday..but I made it by myself :( I started at like 10am and didn’t finish until 4pm. Ting d’ tek long man!

5. Mofongo con pollo : Fried plantain mashed and moulded with garlic and Chicharrón , traditionally served with chicken broth. I replaced the Chicharrón with thinly fried chicken pieces, because I don’t eat pork.I had it with rice and stewed pulled chicken and pink beans.

6. Tembleque : (I learned it meant like wiggly or jiggly) It’s a coconut custard powdered with cinnamon

7. Arroz con gandules y chorizo : Rice with pigeon peas and sausage (chorizo is usually pork but mine was chicken)

8. Flan de queso : Heavenly cream cheese custard

9. Pimientos RellenosRed sweet peppers filled with ground meat and chorizo( I brought some made of chicken) then topped with a cheese sauce and green onions and parmesan. With a side of fried plantain and rice.

10. Surullos : Corn meal mixed with cheese, rolled (hence the name) and then fried. Eaten with a dip (like Mayo-ketchup)

I hope all my Puerto Ricans approve lol. As for everyone who already follows me, sorry I haven’t posted since Holi but I was trying to get all this together :)


At this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, the first superhero officially endorsed and licensed by the organizers got her own float. Created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the superhero comic “La Borinqueña” will debut this fall. For now you can purchase the official t-shirt. All net proceeds will go to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Scholarship program, so you can feel geeky, Boricua, and charitable all at the same time.

The cosplayer is a Puerto Rican/Dominican lawyer from New York, Stephanie Martín Llanes. Costume designed by Agustín Negrón with help from Carmen Rosa Vega (Source).

Shirt here

a little more history: "Boricua"

Puerto Ricans often proudly identify themselves as Boricua (formerly also spelled Boriquén, Borinquén, or Borinqueño), derived from the Taíno word Boriken, to illustrate their recognition of the island’s original Taíno heritage. The word Boriken, translates to “the great land of the valiant and noble Lord.” Borikén was used by the original Taíno population to refer to the island of Puerto Rico before the arrival of the Spanish. The use of the word Boricua has been popularized in the island and abroad by descendants of Puerto Rico heritage, commonly using the phrase, “Yo soy Boricua” (“I am Boricua”, or “I am Puerto Rican”) to identify themselves as Puerto Ricans. Other variations which are also widely used are Borinqueño and Borincano which translated means “from Borinquen.” The first recorded use of the word Boricua comes from Christopher Columbus in his Letter to the Sovereigns from 4 March 1493.

Learn the history of what you’re reppin’ My fellow Boricuas.


June 14th, 2015 New York City 

The Puerto Rican Day parade was this past Sunday, June 14th. On my way to Manhattan it seemed like everyone was headed in the same direction. I love photographing parades or any big events with large gatherings. I’m not so interested in the action itself, but rather the people and movement around it. When I head out to photograph specific events as such, I do my best to clear my mind of everything I think I know. This is my way of creating space for what’s original, and new experiences. So instead of examining life from the background, I can observe “what is.” I spent the day roaming around midtown responding to life and it’s visual order. Yes, yes, yes… over and over again.