Puerto Rican Day Parade – Poem inspired by Julio Ricardo Varela

In lieu of a rant as to why I avoid the Puerto Rican Day Parade at all costs, I wrote a poem inspired by Julio Ricardo Varela.  I used the format of his poem to write my own.  I encourage all Boricua writer’s to give this a shot.  Thank you!

My Own Parada

My own parade

is high crescendo trumpets in between beautiful broken bits of spanglish

My own flag

waves down the brown of my flesh out through abuela’s dios te bendigas

My own patria

becomes la matria.  no ties to a fatherland.  i was cut from a woman.

My own pueblo

is not the Bronx, is not the hood, is not this urban mass of buildings blocking the ocean’s breeze

I banish all these things to EL CARAJO:

Boricua blunt wraps

Boricua flags made out of beads, made out of plastic coquis, used solely to appease a colonized people

Boricua cars covered with Boricua girls in Boricua Bikinis and bleached blond Boricua yellow hair

Boricua shouts that would rather pull your titties out than talk about donde nacido yo

My own parada

I celebrate in my heart holding your hand

My fellow boricuas

Paren la parada falsa

Stop the false parade of Goya, Coors Light and La Mega down 5th ave

Celebrate Boricua ancestors and boricua spanish on new york city streets

Por favor, Emboricuate at your own risk.

This is the original poem by Julio Ricardo Varela

My Own Parada

My own parada

I dance in my heart

My own bandera

I fly in my soul

My own patria

I love in my blood

My own pueblo

I scream to be free.

I banish all these things to EL CARAJO:

Boricua Kangols

Boricua shirts with boricua shorts with boricua socks and boricua shoes

Boricua cars covered with boricua pennants and boricua horns

Boricua shouts that would rather scream for JLO and Reggaetón instead of Albizu

My own parada

I celebrate in my heart

My fellow boricuas

Paren la parada falsa

Stop the false parade

Celebren sus propias paradas

Celebrate your own parades.

4 thoughts on “Puerto Rican Day Parade – Poem inspired by Julio Ricardo Varela

  1. I used to rant about why I didn’t go to the NY parade or the one in my hometown. I love the approach you and Julio took to express your thoughts. Thanks for writing this. Desde la Isla del Encanto

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