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2013 Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Fifth Avenue was decked out in a sea of red, white and blue as hundreds of thousands of spectators celebrated the annual National Puerto Rican Parade.

Celebrities and politicians took part in the annual event that featured thousands of colorful floats, costumes and music.

Organizers estimated that two million people lined the streets of Fifth Avenue in Midtown to watch the festivities with more than 80,000 participants marching.

"It's awesome. I came to visit just for this," said one young parade goer.

"Everybody loves it and everybody loves celebrating Puerto Rico and the heritage," added another spectator.

For many people who lined Fifth Avenue, it was about enjoying this rich cultural experience on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

"I'm, very proud to be a Puerto Rican and I'm proud to be here with my family and friends," said one happy young girl.

Even after the parade ended – many attending Sunday's event planned to keep the party going.

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