Photo Opp: New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade


This Sunday, Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue will turn blue, red and loud. It’s that time of the year, when the otherwise stodgy Upper East Side will be invaded by boisterous Puerto Ricans as the annual Puerto Rican Day parade marches northward along the avenue.

It’s a worthy photographic expedition, at least if you can deal with the loud music and the NYPD’s habit of penning people in.

The nitty-gritty: the parade starts at 11 am at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. It then goes north on Fifth until 79th Street. People line up early and if you want to actually shoot the parade itself, you need to stake out your spot so you don’t have to shoot over people’s heads. Keep in mind that depending on where you are at what time, the sun might be a challenge as one side of the avenue will be brightly lit and the other will be in the shade.

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