BAYONNE, NJ – A sleepy autumn Sunday was transformed into a display of vibrant-colored costumes, dance and Latin music as the annual Hispanic Day Parade proceeded up Broadway on Oct. 23.
A bit past noon marchers began the trek up the avenue from the corner of 5th Street, before turning left at 16th Street and marching west for the finish at Thomas G. DiDomenico Park, between Avenue A and Newark Bay.
About 30 groups and more than 500 marchers participated in the parade, according to spokeswoman Abett Hernandez of the Bayonne Hispanic Association, which sponsored the event.
The parade celebrates the traditions and customs of the city’s approximately 20 Spanish ethnic groups.
Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Freeholder Kenneth Kopacz, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Bayonne Mayor James Davis, Council President Sharon Nadrowski and Councilmen Salvatore Gullace and Gary LaPelusa were among the elected officials who attended.
The grand marshal for this year’s observance was Ana Quintela, former Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation executive director. The parade’s Man of the Year was Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Christopher Munoz and Woman of the Year was Elisha DeMaria.
This year’s iteration featured several horseback riders.
The flags of Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico and other Latin countries were displayed by those participating in the parade and attendees alongside its route.
Marchers not only represented Bayonne, but also West New York, Union City, other Hudson towns and Essex County.
Hispanics make up about one quarter of the city’s population, according to the most recent census.
View the more than 60 photos of the celebration that accompany this story.