The National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be celebrated in New York City on Sunday, June 9th. Held annually since 1958, the parade and subsequent festival draws over 100,000 participants each year in a vibrant display of national pride. Past Grand Marshals include Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Rosie Perez, Ricky Martin, and Geraldo Rivera, and the Grand Marshal for this year’s spirited walk up Fifth Avenue is Chita Rivera, the legendary singer, dancer, and actress.
If partying with a big crowd isn’t your style, invite your familiares and compatriotas over, put some salsa on the playlist, and live it up Puerto Rican style! Caribbean cuisine is una mezcla of foods and traditions of many European cultures, so we like to mix it up and serve wine from around the world.
Many Puerto Ricans hail from Galicia, in the north of Spain, home of caldo Gallego, bean soup with pork and sausage. While it may seem counterintuitive to serve soup on a hot day, we know that hot foods can help you to feel cooler in the heat. It is also a Spanish tradition to serve your guests a bowl of this as they arrive, to coat their stomachs for the afternoon of eating and drinking to come. Of course you have to serve pernil, and we love Evette Rios’ version. Before Spaniards brought pigs to Puerto Rico, the native Taino ate mostly seafood, and arroz con camarones is a popular dish to this day. No Puerto Rican feast would be complete without tostones, delicious fried plantains, and make sure to end on a sweet note, with flan and espresso for the grownups and piraguas for los niños.
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