Que Viva Colombia! Paterson Raises Colombian Flag

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Que Viva Colombia! Paterson Raises Colombian Flag

Michelle Galvis, 12, performs the National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia. Credits: Steve Lenox 381d6ba6c4bd96df976f_7DC24323-4967-4759-8519-AA7E4E805E93.jpeg Michelle Galvis, 12, sang the American and Colombian national anthem. Credits: Steve Lenox aaecc0cb33fef9e8c2e9_57F7061F-F098-41EA-A08E-46514E62208D.jpeg Board of Education Commissioner Manny Martinez, Jr. Credits: Steve Lenox 2b7a8b84952bc69528c7_B3   D3CF81-E801-4F4B-AC76-E846E79A36D5.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox c67faa7a96c9cc005589_62C223BC-0756-4C28-8F17-AA8E0C951F13.jpeg Osvaldo Oliveros, President, Asociacion Hijos Y Amigos De Colombia, takes the podium to begin the event. Credits: Steve Lenox 0ff574562cef7ab33ad8_9CD2819A-035F-422C-88FE-B7E5211CAB57.jpeg Council President Martiza Davila welcomed several of her council colleagues to the steps of city hall to participate in the flag raising celebration. Credits: Steve Lenox 46aec0be0   04bb039592c_2CD74829-B911-4A7A-99DC-431F9A27215C.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox 562f7ddba7b5271ca2d1_FFE8EF6E-7259-45D9-BF82-6B3BC9FD7982.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox 6c05a6efdc9a1e9ee937_2A8366D0-FAD3-435A-A968-5FA1AABA3A54.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox b12c1afc8e6e2dad5e9f_58EE25B1-0B2C-426B-8F11-CEFB4F8E5E76.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox 0d859e256ce42dabc8bc_34208324-1A3C-4616-A05D-ED357FB20A3B.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox 08d4d6466f817730ed7a_061FB508-B1FA-478B-BDD2-719A9ED364E7.jpeg Santiago and Stephania Velez, w/ 6th Ward Councilman Al Abedelaziz, will celebrate the grand opening of their restaurant and bakery, Bendita Arepa, located at 789 Main Street, on Saturday, July 21. Credits: Steve Lenox 71cd8e620e6fb6ff955b_A499B3F7-86CB-4506-BE32-0393187C4DEB.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox 3cb7dff51875421a9f40_212C9132-4AA8-4BBC-   BBA1-7A2651B335CE.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox d18108d4f92e0667218c_1092A796-74EF-431F-8176-46CA77D02F5A.jpeg Credits: Steve Lenox 2eca70e918b0b9e64b2a_549122D9-9378-40F6-BF8A-1C077B315D39.jpeg L-R - Council members Ruby Cotton, Luis Velez, and Dr. Lilisa Mimms. Credits: Steve Lenox 381d6ba6c4bd96df976f_7DC24323-4967-4759-8519-AA7E4E805E93.jpeg

PATERSON, NJ- Despite the blistering heat more than 100 people filled the courtyard in front of Paterson City Hall on Saturday to celebrate the raising of the yellow, blue, and red flag of Colombia.
The annual event, which has taken place every year since 1989, marks the nation’s obtainment of independence from Spain in 1810.

Hosted by Asociacion Hijos Y Amigos De Colombia, the event showed the vibrancy of the local Colombian community that, according to Javier Fernandez, the city’s new Director of Constituent Services, numbers approximately 6,000, and included music, song, and chants of “Que viva Colombia.
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Among the attendees was Board of Education Commissioner Manny Martinez, Jr., the city’s only Colombian American elected official, a fact he called a “proud badg e of honor.”
“Colombians tend to be a festive people, something you see right here in Paterson,” Martinez told TAPinto Paterson pointing to the “Colombian Corridor” of local businesses that run along 21st Avenue, and the recent street party that brought nearly 2000 fans out to watch the Colombian national soccer team take on England in the World Cup.
“We make up a beautiful thread in the fabric of the community,” Martinez said.
Presiding over his first flag raising since being inaugurated as mayor on July 1, Andre Sayegh declared July 14-20 “Colombian Week” in the city.
“Paterson is a better place because Colombians call it home.”

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