Every year, on the second Sunday of June, Puerto Ricans all over New York City and even neighboring Latin hubs like Pennsylvania and Boston, gather on Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets to celebrate Puerto Rican pride at its finest. But as early as a few days prior, signs of the parade can be seen throughout NYC and especially in Spanish Harlem. Known as 'El Barrio,' Spanish Harlem still holds the highest concentration of Puerto Rican residents in NYC. El Barrio streets come alive with the red, white and blue of the Puerto Rican flag flying high.
Check out a few photos below of Spanish Harlem as the residents prepare for the big weekend that lies ahead. For more information about the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, click here.
Photos: Cyndi Amaya