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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Is Plainfield's future a Latin beat?


For weeks, banners have been proclaiming the 'Gran Festival'
in celebration of the Independence of the United States.
The contrast in attendance between Plainfield's 3rd Latino Festival Celebrating American Independence and the 88th July 4th Parade was stark.

While much of the parade route was bereft of onlookers (in contrast with previous years), the 3-day Latino Independence Day Festival was jammed on Saturday and Monday (Sunday was impacted by showers).

In the band area alone, I estimated over a thousand were standing to listen to the music. The midway was packed with others working their way in small groups from food stands to games of skill to trinkets and souvenirs to the carnival rides at the far end near Watchung Avenue.

Here is a selection of photos from the Festival, which looks to become a destination event for Plainfield in future years.









-- Dan Damon

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5 comments:

Augustine said...

Dan, I drove by last night and stopped for a second. I must say even though it was crowded, it was fun and peaceful.

Rob said...

I soooooo wanted to attend the festival..worked on Saturday and was too beat on Monday..sigh.

Anonymous said...

This can only get bigger as I for one did not know it was planned and would have liked to have gone with friends.

I am getting too old for the parade, although I must say it is not the parade of earlier years, especially since North Plainfield decided to go its own way. Can anyone compare the two this year? I stayed close to home, but heard many neighborhood fireworks Monday night.

Randy Schaeffer said...

Dan -- thanks for this coverage.It looks like a fantastic time was had by all.

Anonymous said...

But more importantly a political force that has been ignored. How about some outreach to this community? I believe they are unfortunately a misunderstood and grossly misrepresented faction of our community -- legal or illegal -- we are our brother's keeper.