Photos by Art Schwartz.
North Hudson marked the 198th anniversary of El Salvador’s independence from Spain on Sept. 15 with a massive parade down Bergenline Avenue that stretched through North Bergen, Guttenberg, West New York, and Union City.
On Sept. 15, 1821, the Central American Independence Act was signed, and El Salvador was among a number of countries to declare independence from Spain at the same time.
The parade began in Braddock Park, and ended in Union City at 43rd Street.
Spectators lined the route to cheer on as cars, floats, dancers, musicians, marching bands, and others waved Salvadoran flags, while decked out in white and blue.
Members of the North Hudson community with roots in El Salvador had their cultural pride on full display.
The parade also marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which will include a lineup of publicly-sponsored events and celebrations throughout North Bergen, Union City, Guttenberg, and West New York. The month concludes on Oct. 15.
Local elected officials were among the dignitaries, including North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners, Assembly members Pedro Mejia and Angelica Jimenez, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt and Guttenberg’s Council, West New York Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, and Union City Mayor Brian Stack.
Dozens of cultural organizations from throughout the state helped organize and participated in the event.