READING, Pa. — Reading held its second annual Puerto Rican parade and salsa festival in City Park on Sunday.
"So much fun," said Vanessa Arroyo of Reading. "It's all about having fun and just being proud of who you are."
The magic of Puerto Rican culture could been seen, tasted and, of course, heard at the festival.
"What's special about salsa music is you get to dance with the family, have a good time," said Keishla, a festival attendee. "You get to hear that heritage music. Once you hear that Spanish music, you start dancing and having a good time."
The festivities began with the Puerto Rican parade through downtown Reading
"In Reading, 69% of the population is Latino, and out of that, close to 85% of the area, Puerto Rican. In Allentown, we're 55% of the population, and 75% are Puerto Rican," said Victor Martinez of La Mega radio. "Puerto Ricans have deep roots in the state of Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley."
"It fills your heart to see so many of your fellow Puerto Ricans celebrating, remembering our small little island in the middle of the Caribbean," continued Martinez.
Sunday was a display of diversity and cultural diffusion that reflects a community's heritage, pride and contribution.
"It's an amazing thing to be a Puerto Rican. The day I came to America, I came to America to give my kids a better life," said Lissette Comacho of Reading. "I give thanks to America for bringing me here so I can have my kids and celebrate my culture."