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Springfield, Holyoke residents headed to annual Puerto Rican Day parade

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The Puerto Rican Day Parade, it's held in New York city and each year a stateside city or town that's big in the Puerto Rican community is honored.

This year, that honor went to Springfield and Holyoke.

Three hundred people from the Puerto Rican community in Springfield and Holyoke gathered on Sunday morning for the trip of a lifetime.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," says Victoria Rodriguez. "And we need to be there and represent."

In the colors of Puerto Rico, red, white and blue, the young and the old boarded this pair of buses bound for the Big Apple and a spectacle of culture.

"I think I am about the oldest of the crowd," says Gumersindo Gomez. "This is our youth, that have taken up the responsibility to ensure that our culture continues forward."

Some waiting on their ride, even wearing black hats with the number 4,645 on them, representing the fallen.

The memory of them will never die.

A long day for these folks, but a worthy one, and in the back of their minds, the thought of never again.

"We have to ensure that what happened in Puerto Rico," continued Gomez. "Never happens again."

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