What it was lacking was this: An amusement park type atmosphere with beer, rides and games, without that persona, the crowd was not overcome by teenage wannabe thugs who drink under age, fight and ruin the event for all of us.
Much like The African Heritage Festival recently held at Cadwalader Park in West Trenton, the Latino Heritage Festival focused on God, Family and pride in oneself.
Half of my family is Puerto Rican through marriage and they have embraced me as if we were a family raised in the same household. I love my Spanish side of the family and have never been ashamed to stand with them through the good the bad and the ugly. I would stand in front of a bullet for anyone of them.
Right now it's ugly; why? Because Trenton has lost it's Puerto Rican Day Parade for two-straight-years ...We Must Save that parade and keep that and ALL proud traditions that celebrate Trenton's diverse ethnicity, whether an old tradition or new.........ALIVE! We just absolutely must.
Big shout out to both Carlos Avila's who did a fantastic job helping this new tradition establish itself and hopefully this begins a tradition we can look forward to every year!
Video of the event is below, it is going on until 7pm if you want to stop by.