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Community gathers for Puerto Rican Festival

July 29, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — The streets of Boston are alive with the sounds of congas and delicious scent of tostones.

The city’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is over, but thousands of people have descended upon City Hall Plaza for good food and salsa dancing

Parade participants gathered Sunday at noon at the Boylston and Hereford Street intersection and proceeded up parts of Tremont and Cambridge Streets before ending at City Hall Plaza around 3 p.m.

A stage is set up at City Hall where musicians Willito Otero, Paddy Padilla and Pete Perignon y La Nueva Generación will perform.

The 51st year of festivities, run by the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, Inc, started July 23 with a flag-raising in the plaza.

Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898. There are over 265,000 Puerto Ricans in Massachusetts.

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