Puerto Ricans remember bid for independence at Festival de El Grito De LaresPosted: Updated:
Festival de El Grito De Lares, honoring Puerto Rico's first and only cry for independence, was celebrated in the Bronx Saturday.
On Sept. 23, 1868, Puerto Ricans revolted for independence from Spain. They were able to take the city of Lares without any resistance before the Spaniards became aware of the revolt, ending it shortly after.
But the revolt resulted in many liberal reforms for the island of Puerto Rico.
El Maestro, a cultural and educational center in the Bronx, hosts the block party each year.
The event is now in its 43rd year. Organizers hope it’s something that continues successfully into the future.