Today, July 20, is Colombian Independence Day! Back when I lived in Queens, I used to celebrate this like crazy...the parade in Jackson Heights, the Colombian festival in Flushing, not to mention all of the places that have events going on at night (in case you didn't know my mother is Colombian. Colombian mom + Colombian neighborhood = tons of Colombian pride) (Note: In case you want to find out some facts about Colombia, I spotted this post on City Girl to Country Girl with a list of facts about Colombia, some of which I didn't even know)
Unfortunately, there is no longer a Colombian festival in Flushing though I did find this information about the parade and festival on Aleida.net
Jackson Heights, Queens.
Tentative route and times:
Northern Boulevard from 69th Street to 90th Street.
Festival off Northern Boulevard, 3:00pm-7:00pm.
firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a bunch of other events posted but I've never been to any of them.
This year there are ton of Colombian Independence Day events. One that caught my attention (since it's been mentioned a million times on Spanish radio) is the Colombian Independence Day Concert tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ featuring Carlos Vives, Silvestre Dalgond, and Jorge Celedon...
Want to celebrate Colombian Independence but don't live in the area? Or live in the area but can't make it to the concert? Don't worry neither I can't make it either. However, one way that Colombian people love to celebrate everything is through food! (That and/or Aguardiente)
Want to try something new? Maybe try making yuca frita. Definitely cut your yuca a bit thinner if you want them to be on the crispier side.
Or check out the blog My Colombian Recipes.
Don't feel like cooking? Don't worry I have a couple of suggestions for restaurants too.
In Brooklyn, I love Bogota Bistro. I recommend the bandeja paisa. Yes, it's tons of food, but Colombian Independence Day only comes around once a year and you can always come back to the blog for some healthy recipes. In Jackson Heights, I've always liked Cositas Ricas best. That said, if it's too packed, you can always keep walking around and you'll be sure to find lots of other Colombian restaurants. I also recommend Pollos a la Brasa Mario. There are multiple locations.
Farewell friends! Hope you enjoy the day!