Fotografía: Feasts and Festivals – Philippine Indie Parade – Madison Square Park, New York, NY

(ABOVE) A man wears an elaborate tribal headpiece in celebration of Philippine Independence Day in NYC – New York, NY – June 1, 2014


A festival of the fairest and a feast for the senses…
That’s the theme of this year’s parade as captured through my phone and camera lenses.
The sense of sight and the sense of sound. The vibrant colors and the drum beats all mixing together.
Many are dressed in red, white and blue and yellow–a lighthearted scheme that’s well put together.
The handshakes. The hugs. Hundreds of people marching, walking, and running.
Gathering and greeting everyone, smiling widely and laughing incessantly.
The rows and rows of barbecue grills and aluminum food containers that house traditional Filipino delicacies.
Smoke rises above each food stall telling everyone, “Hey, come on over” to the epicenter
To a great feast right within the heart of the Flatiron district.
Come try some treats to quench that thirst and satisfy that hunger.
Have some halo-halo. Eat some pansit and palabok.
Taste. Chew. Devour. All that is sweet, spicy and sour.
Experience the moment. Live the culture even for just an hour.

Showcasing diversity and camaraderie, it’s a once-a-year event that one will surely never forget.


flag holder

A man holds a Philippine flag as he marches along Madison Avenue – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

hyper group

An enthusiastic group of about a hundred cheers and chants to their leader’s instructions – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

tribal marchers and drummers

Marching to drumbeats and confettis – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

miss mindanao

Mrs. Kalayaan Mindanao 2014 expresses her excitement to a friend waving from the crowd – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

ogie tv5

Ogie Alcasid, a famous singer and composer in the Philippine music industry – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

miss world 2013 is miss philippines

Miss World 2013 is Miss Philippines (Megan Young) – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

crowd marches on

And the crowd marches on – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

outdoor food fest people

People gather at Madison Square Park – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

food stalls

Lining up for a taste of Filipino cuisine – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

barbecue master

The barbecue master in full gear – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

chicken and pork bbq

Chicken and pork barbecue sticks line up the grill – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

lechon pansit and bbq

A gratifying meal at the end of the day (bbq, lechon, pancit and bread) – New York, NY – June 1, 2014

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