Culture, celebrations and tight security at the 2013 Puerto Rican Day Parade

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jun 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-09 18:51:08-04

NEW YORK (PIX11)-  A taste of Puerto Rican heritage at the 2013 Puerto Rican Day Parade.

The day was filled with music, dance moves and people, lots and lots of people.

Tens of thousands marched up 5th avenue as nearly two million watched and loved every minute.
This year the theme of the annual Puerto Rican day parade was Salud, celebrating your health.

There were celebrities, colorful costumes and a bit of controversy kick things off when this community became outraged over their flag being used as a logo on a Coors Light beer bottle.

The beef over the bottle was put aside at least for today to not interfere with the feeling of Puerto Rican pride.

We found with the usual politicians in attendance such as Senator Charles Schumer, the
governor, the mayoral candidates and of course we could not miss Anthony Weiner.
But there were many first timers as well…

History being all around, PIX11 caught up with the first Puerto Rican woman to be named chief of the city’s correction department marching with her family.

Security was tight; police officers everywhere with dogs, radiation detectors, you name it all to keep the day fun but most importantly safe.