Celebrating where we come from and sharing it with others is the epitome of what makes us who we are today. Seeing where we come from and hearing stories from our ancestors, brings more meaning and understanding to us.
Festivals are one way to do that. This past weekend, Jersey City, New Jersey celebrated its 54th Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and Parade at Exchange Place.
Food and live music are usually the main attractions at any festival because a lot of cultures are surrounded by the food. Some of the native food that was featured included empanadas, arepas (sweet corn with mozzarella cheese) and pina coladas. This year, the festival did something different and brought in a classic car show and a Golden Gloves Boxing Event.
The classic cars featured ones from 1929 to the early 1980s. The brands included a Corvette Sting Ray, Mustangs, and Chevrolet. Some of the cars had the hoods opened so that the festival goers could see what the engines looked like.
The Golden Gloves Boxing Event “promotes and enhances physical well being, develops individual athletic skills, work ethic, discipline, sportsmanship, self-respect, and pride; and provides entertainment to citizens of the community”. Amateur boxers from around the state participated in this event.
Overall, this event celebrated Puerto Rican heritage and culture. It reminds us of where we come from and what traditions are still used in families today across the country.