PHILADELPHIA – MIRA USA dressed downtown Philadelphia with the Colombian flag colors the morning of July 20, due to the celebration of 203 years of the Independence of Colombia.
Also from the "Crown of Lights" of the PECO building joined MIRA USA in celebrating Colombian Independence Day by displaying a message all day long in this important landmark of Philadelphia's center city.
See a video of the message at the top of the PECO Building:
Colombians gathered with people of different nationalities at the Philadelphia City Hall, on the square of flags, to mark the first cultural festival "Colombia Contigo (Colombia With You)", during which Colombians of all ages and regions flooded this landmark with patriotic pride and wearing clothing typical and emblematic of Colombia.
Among the cultural events, the Colombian flag was hoisted at the notes of the Colombian National Anthem, performed by singer Andres Felipe Duarte and sang out loudly and with willing heart by the ones attending the event.
The children's dance group "Aires de Mi Tierra" delighted the audience with San Juanero, Cumbia and Torbellino, in a performance that brought back memories of the Coffee-maker country, which was played by children, from Colombian parents, who were born in the United States, but love and appreciate their roots.
Musical group "Impacto Vallenato", surprised the audience playing the bambuco "Soy Colombiano" I am Colombian) by Rafael Godoy, with accordion tunes and some other classic vallenato rhythm melodies composed by Rafael Escalona, and also with Cumbia rhythms, typical from various regions of the country.
The event dressing downtown Philadelphia with the Colombian tricolor, was possible thanks to the collaboration of the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñonez, Danilo Burgos, Napoleon Garcia and the support of the stations La Mega and EL ZOL 1340 AM and the newspaper AL DIA (see Page 23).