Bayonne’s 14th annual Hispanic Day Parade brings music, food and dance

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Bayonne’s 14th annual Hispanic Day Parade celebrated the cultural heritage of approximately 25 percent of their residents.

The Hispanic Day Parade, a non-profit organization which previously has drawn a crowd of hundreds, started around noon on Fifth Street and Broadway. It concluded on 16th Street near DiDomenico Park.

Immediately after the commemoration of Latin American cultures are food vendors, a folklore show, and other musical performances.

Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras and several other countries were represented during the parade where volunteers wore native garments while dancing to national music.

The parade also recognized Board of Education Trustee Christopher Munoz as Man of the Year, Elisha Hannesey de Maria as Woman of the Year, teacher Juana Saborido as Educator of the Year and David Perez as Student of the Year.

Additionally, the honoree of the procession was former Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation Executive Director Ana Quintela.

According to a 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics make up 65,000 Bayonne residents are Hispanic, a growth of 48 percent in 10 years.

Hispanic Heritage Month, starting from September 15 and ending on October 15, is celebrated throughout Hudson County.