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Colombian Church Group Goes Red, White & Blue

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Oct. 1, 2012 By Bill Parry

A Sunnyside church group with Colombian roots held its annual “Lord of Miracles” procession through the northern section of the neighborhood Saturday.

This year’s fiesta, which had about 150 parade goers, had a very different look to it. Instead of it being a purely South American spectacle, marchers were awash in the Stars & Stripes. The parade, known in Spanish as Al Senor de los Milagros, is devoted to a centuries old painting of Christ on a wall in Peru.

Dozens of young flag bearers followed a jeep carrying a crucifix surrounded by a bed of flowers. They were followed by the Sunnyside Drum Corps, parents and the rest of the congregation.

The Holy Spirit Church, which doesn’t have its own building, is affiliated with the All Saints Episcopal Church on 46th St.

The church leaders’ goal was to link the children’s American heritage with their parents’ Colombian background. “The majority of our kids were born here,” said Paula Noriega, a church parishioner.

“The parents were born in Colombia and they’re trying to teach the importance of patriotism in America to their kids.” She added that it was the first time that they’ve marched with American flags.

A police escort closed down traffic while the procession passed, and curious onlookers were drawn to the sounds of the Drum Corps. “It’s really good to see the kids carrying the American flags,” said Brian O’Connor, a spectator. “You don’t see something like this everyday.”

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John

I think pizzerias who charge 2 bucks or more are robbing us. The pizza is better than most in the hood. I’M STAYING WITH 99. Like they say “99 makes sense” they have another one on Grand ave in Maspeth.

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will never eat 99 cent pizza again

no, i wouldn’t touch the stuff again. Just imagine the quality of the ingredients. Think about it…8 slice pie for $7.92 at least 4 bucks goes to overhead. That means they make a pie for $3.92. You couldn’t buy a chunk of cheese for that yet they make a whole pizza. I’ll buy my slices at Sunnyside Pizza.

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will never eat 99 cent pizza again

why is this a big story? you live here and enjoy the many benefits of this great country and you carry the American flag.

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