Beauty. Pageantry. Music. Barbecue. Community. These words make up what is being considered as the biggest celebration of Philippine Independence Day outside of the Philippines right here on the East Coast.
The parade was held on Sunday, June 7th in New York City along Madison Avenue and culminated in Madison Park where stalls serving traditional Filipino cuisine awaited. Business promoters and owners were also on site to market their products.
Tribal masks and colorful costumes adorn the streets of Madison Avenue.
Spectators show their support by waving their flaglets, as marchers walk on.
Bb. Pilipinas – Miss Intercontinental 2015 Christi McGarry
Members of the Filipino Society of Suffolk County wearing Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana dresses
Dancers give their all at the parade.
A sidewalk vendor sells flags and other memorabilia
Miss Teen Universe Philippines (left) waves, as other beauties march on.
Miss Teen South Central Ontario
NAFCON – “an alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the US serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos”
Revelers waiting to try some Filipino food
An Instagram moment…this is what it’s all about!