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.

Journalist Javier Castro of WFPA-TV Univision in Philadelphia tweets as he marches in the parade.
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Journalist Javier Castro of WFPA-TV Univision in Philadelphia tweets as he marches in the parade.
Marchers unfurl a gigantic Puerto Rican flag on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, after leading the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The T-shirt indicates the number of deaths – 2975 or more – caused by Hurricane Maria.
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Marchers unfurl a gigantic Puerto Rican flag on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, after leading the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The T-shirt indicates the number of deaths – 2975 or more – caused by Hurricane Maria.
Members of the Latin American Motorcycle Association ride up the Parkway.
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Members of the Latin American Motorcycle Association ride up the Parkway.
Isabella Mendoza, 3, of Northeast Philadelphia, with her mother, Yomaira (center), at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
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Isabella Mendoza, 3, of Northeast Philadelphia, with her mother, Yomaira (center), at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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.

Marching with the group Los Hijos Y Amigos de Quebradillas, Alexander Castillo, 11, (right) dressed as boxing great Hector “Macho” Camacho.
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Marching with the group Los Hijos Y Amigos de Quebradillas, Alexander Castillo, 11, (right) dressed as boxing great Hector “Macho” Camacho.
Meaad Aldosari, 25, of North Philadelphia, waves a Puerto Rican flag above a larger version unfurled on the Art Museum steps.
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Meaad Aldosari, 25, of North Philadelphia, waves a Puerto Rican flag above a larger version unfurled on the Art Museum steps.

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.

Following the parade, the party continued with a street festival at Lehigh Avenue and American Street.