Running every year for more than half a century, the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade again filled the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday with hundreds of performers, youth groups, and local organizations celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage.
This year's theme, Renacer Puerto Rico, the rebirth of Puerto Rico, celebrates the island's recovery a year after being devastated by Hurricane Maria.
The annual parade is organized by the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (Concilio), and is a highlight of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15.
Concilio's intention for this year's parade was to honor the strength of Puerto Rico's people, and their commitment to each other and to their roots.
Members of Latinos en Marcha, an advocacy group created after Hurricane Maria, unfurled their flag on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art after leading the parade to Eakins Oval.
Kimberly Lamberty, the group's co-founder, told the Inquirer earlier that she sees the giant flag as a message to President Trump not to overlook Puerto Rican citizens' important role as U.S. citizens.