A Parranda Merry Christmas from the South Bronx

New Orleans isn’t the only place that has “second lines.”

Parades with music and community participation are part of Puerto Rican culture too.

It’s called a “parranda” or in this case a “parranda navideña” and like “plena” to which it’s related it’s a tradition that’s alive and well.

In the video above a group sponsored by the Bronx Music Heritage Center parades on a very cold night in the Bronx bringing Christmas cheer to all.

Here’s another one from Puerto Rico filmed in 2013 at Casa de Jenny, Carolina, Puerto Rico featuring students from La Escuela Libre de Musica.

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