Philippines Independence Day Parade – Part 1

On Sunday, parade season continued its winding up process. There were two parades (unfortunately, I missed the second one: Salute to Israel). The one I did attend was the Philippines Independence Day parade marking 110 years since their liberation from Spain. The fact that they then went under the USA’s territorial rule seems to be ignored. But I believe we were mostly benign, or at least better than the Spaniards.

Kind of a strange parade. Nothing wild nor weird, but a few points of interest. I ended up taking lots and lots of pictures but will post relatively few. Sorry, but a lot of the parade was just a lot of little groups that often went without decent signage. Otherwise, I could have done a five day post on this (and that’s too long for only a mildly interesting parade).

But I shouldn’t complain. They did have a new twist that I thoroughly enjoyed: ladies with parasols. You’ll see a mess o’ pictures of them.

And another interesting point. They actually began and ended with bagpipers. I think only the Tartan Parade may have done that, and I don’t think that parade actually did manage that trick. Here’s the first set of pipers.

They were followed by the Asian Jade Society, which seems to be a Philippino police group. There was one very tall cop in the group.

The Philippines is a small country with a whole bunch of people.  And a lot of them appear to be dignitaries of some sort.  And a whole bunch of those dignitaries marched in this parade.  At least I call them “dignitaries” as they seem to be there as thanks for their participation in the community and the parade; but don’t have signs saying who they are.

Yes!  Ladies with parasols.  I presume it is traditional in the Philippines and I must say I think it’s great.  (I think these are actually Lady Dignitaries, but I just like to think of them as Ladies with Parasols.

A well marked dignitary.  Below is the Grand Marshall.

More dignitaries, but the ladies had no parasols (so they don’t get capitalized).

More dignitaries.  I just keep showing these because there were so very, very many of them.

And then, a high school band.  It is the Port Richmond High School band from Staten Island.  The group in front were flag carriers.

And the band was pretty small.  Well, it was a small crowd, too.

Look!  More dignitarties!  The men are wearing traditional clothing, but nothing as cool as Ladies with Parasols.

More lady dignitaries.  It was really strange.  They just kept coming and coming.

More dignitaries, but these ones are marked!  Hurray for the Philippine Consulate General staff.

And hurray to the Permanent Mission to the United Nations.  (But mostly, hurray to the Lady with Parasol!)

The first part of the parade was packed with Church groups.  This is El Shaddhai Prayer Partners.

And this is the El Shaddhai group from Connecticut.

This is the Pangasnian Foundation USA.  I don’t know anything about them, but the Web indicates that Pangasnia is a Philippines province.

This is a group from Our Lady of Manaoag.

I loved this quote.  It seems very direct:  “The people of the Philippines are devoted and faithful servants to God.”  I don’t know the source of the quote and couldn’t find it by searching.

This was the first float.  It came from Our Lady of Manaoag.  And, I think, it was the only instance of a Gentleman with Parasol.

I love the name of the next group:  Paaralang Pinoy from the Filipino Diocesan Apostolic Queens Council.  I know it has to be a Church group, but haven’t got the foggiest of what it is.

And the next group was a little more understandable:  the Filipino Arts and Music Ensemble.

The next ladies didn’t have parasols, but they were fine anyway (a crown is always a plus and a couple of them had them).

Continuing with the arts group was this pole dancing crew.  Different kind of pole.

This was the Ensemble’s float; but notice that it is actually some bikes cobbled together.

This is a teachers group.  I presume the kids made the flowers.  There were a pretty fair number of these marchers in the group, but they were spread out.


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