HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke’s Puerto Rican community welcomed everyone to the Puerto Rican Flag Raising at Holyoke City Hall on Friday.
Hispanic Heritage Month has come to a close and the local Puerto Rican community used this final day to celebrate their pride in Holyoke. Community members and local leaders came together for the flag-raising outside Holyoke City Hall.
Those in attendance said the event not only honors the Puerto Rican community in western Massachusetts but also beyond.
“I wanted to bring her today so that she would experience what it is to feel Puerto Rican in the United States, what it is to see your flag going up cause you don’t get to see that often,” said Les Seeulpeea of Holyoke.
“As a community, we are honored to come together with all of Holyoke to celebrate the Puerto Rican Community as we grow together,” said Andrew Melendez, a volunteer.
Latinos make up Holyoke’s largest minority group, and the city has one of the largest Puerto Rican populations per capita in the U.S, outside the island of Puerto Rico.