Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday was the classic Puerto Rican day parade. If you don't live in New York you may not know about it, but Puerto Rican pride is on display in an incredible ritual that most have come to love. Beside many folks adorning their automobiles in Puerto Rican flags, showing off the strength and volume of your car sound system is also a highlight. While walking home with my family from "House Of Vegetarian" in China Town (some 50 blocks away from the end of the actual parade), through Little Italy, we heard some really loud dance music that made us think there was a street fair or parade a block or two away, so we walked towards the direction of the music to see what was going on, it sounded like a lot of fun. As we got closer to the source it was getting so loud it was actually funny, seriously, i guess you "had to be there", but i was really enjoying the volume of the insanely obnoxious dance music, and then when I realized it was all coming from the back of a car, i was really loving it even more. To think just two guys cruising in a car could make so much noise, and entertain while simultaneously annoy so many people, put a huge smile on my face. As my wife says "You know us Puerto Ricans love to share our music"... Sharing indeed.