From True Jersey – nj.com:
Jersey City’s Bolivian parade stuns with colorful costumes
By Ben Shapiro, The Jersey Journal
Bolivian culture took center stage Saturday at the 12th annual Bolivian Parade and Festival in Jersey City.
In native dress and costumes highlighting the red, yellow and green of the South American nation’s flag, hundreds of people marched from Hamilton Park to City Hall.
“Each costume and dance represents the nine departments of Bolivia, like the states in America,” said Heber Balbca, who came from Virginia for the parade.
“We’ve been here several times over the last 10 years and it is a big event in our community.”
Balbca and his sister Evelin were among hundreds who made the trip from Virginia to Jersey City. City Council President Rolando Lavarro Jr. was honorary marshal, while Harlem Balboa was recognized for his work within the Bolivian community.
The parade stepped off at noon. Several of the marchers played drums and flutes, and many performed synchronized dances with shakers attached to their shoes.
“I want to show my kids and future generations what to do in the parade,” said William Roca from Elizabeth, who was dressed in full traditional garb.
The marchers were greeted by a jubilant crowd at City Hall.
Native Bolivian Claudia Deanglus said she hadn’t been back to her country since she was 18 years old.
“I always look forward to this parade,” she said. “Even though we may be considered a Third World country, we are so rich in culture.”
Kudos to ALL Bolivians out there, in our 190th Independence Day!!