This Sunday morning, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., Madison Ave. between 38th and 27th Sts. will be the grand stage for the annual Mexican Day Parade, a celebration of the independence and cultural heritage of our neighboring nation.
Just like every year, the Daily News will be represented with a float, honoring the citys’ growing Mexican community.
And atop the float there will be a piece of the vibrant and joyful banda culture of Mexico, thanks to the talent of the Bronx’s own Banda de Viento Sangre Azteca.
Sangre Azteca was formed in 2011 in the Italian section of the Bronx, in large part due to the longing its members had for the carnival and the brass-driven rituals of their homeland.
“Every year, when the carnival came, we wanted to go back to Mexico to celebrate, to live the carnival and enjoy banda music,” says the band’s leader, Miguel Ángel Monter.
“But it was too hard to go back and forth, so we decided to form our own band here.”
What started with buying just the most basic instruments in the music shops of Manhattan — trumpet, tuba, tambura — soon became something bigger.
Not only could Sangre Azteca recreate the music and dances of their homeland here in the city, but a cluster of other bands began forming around them — Banda Perla Juvenil, Banda Relámpago and Banda Ejecutiva now perform in the city, and “help each other,” Monter says.
“Now, our people don’t need to go back home as often as they did before, because now they can live our culture here,” says a proud Monter.
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