Yesterday, the heat and crowds couldn't keep an estimated 2 million people from celebrating their heritage with the 51st Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. As one 23-year-old woman told the Sun, "We're all from the island anyways. It's this hot in Puerto Rico, so I come no matter what. Everyone is proud of where we come from."

Another spectator who traveled from Massachusetts told the Daily News, "It makes you feel like you're at home - the music, the people, the crowd. It's very hot, but worth it." Still, the weather--well into the mid-90s--was a big part of the parade. Newsday noticed some politicians understandably wilting: "New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine sweated through his white button-down shirt and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wiped his brow often with a handkerchief."

The parade's Grand Marshal was labor leader Dennis Rivera, and a number of elected officials were on hand including NY Governor David Paterson, Senator Chuck Schumer, Puerto Rican Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila, Representative Anthony Weiner and Mayor Bloomberg who helped cut a ribbon to start the parade. One first-time marcher was Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. The NYPD, whose 200 arrests during last year's parade caused some controversy, could not confirm the arrest count yet, but three people were arrested a block from the Fifth Avenue parade route for selling candy containing pot while three were arrested for possession of the pot lollipops and/or Gummi bears.