BOROUGH PRESIDENT DIAZ HOSTS THE 43RD ANNUAL BRONX WEEK PARADE
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. kicked off the grand finale of Bronx Week 2014, hosting a parade marching down Mosholu Parkway that included dozens of community groups, Bronx schools and youth organizations, and local elected officials joining in. Additionally, the five new members of the Bronx Walk of Fame—Grammy-award winning hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, actor and star of Showtime’s “Dexter” David Zayas, film and TV star Rachel Ticotin, New York Jets offensive lineman William M. Colon III and Tony-award winner Priscilla Lopez—also joined the parade after the unveiling of the "Walk of Fame" signs that will carry their names on the Grand Concourse earlier in the day.
Before and after the parade, Bronxites also streamed onto Mosholu Parkway to enjoy the Annual Bronx Week Food, Art, & Music Festival, with over sixty vendors participating and selling a wide variety of popular and ethnic dishes, crafts and jewelry, and numerous games and activities for kids. Many vendors expressed a sigh of relief that the weather held up, particularly because previous years have not always been favorable to them. One of the more memorable children's activities was the mobile Bronx Children's Museum, a converted school bus with nature displays, crafts, and activities to inspire children and families while learning about their surroundings and the environment.
The music festival provided Bronxites with a stage including a DJ that played music all day and included special live performances from across all music genres, including legendary hip-hop artist Rakim, salsero Tony Vega, and R&B singer Elle Varner. BP Diaz even got into the mix a number of times on stage, mingling with the artist and at times joining in on the action, all the while pumping up the crowd.
As the sun setted and the crowds made their way home, this year's event is certain to be a very memorable one for all that attended.
View our videos (one, two, three, four, five, and six) of parts of the performances and additional pictures from the parade and festival on the Bronx On The Go Facebook Page.