It was a slow start for the Morrison Avenue Festival with cloudy skies at times. Freddy Perez was the person who put together this event, an below are some of the early photos I was able to get before I left early.
Above - There were many food vendors.
Below - Francisco is carving the Gyro Meat.
Above - There were several Pina Colada tables set up.
Below - The early contingent of the Bronx Young Democrats of the Bronx are set up on the sunny side of the street.
Above - Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Marcos Crespo greets some of the people at the festival.
Below - 78th Assemblyman Jose Rivera is taking video of the crowd, with associate Aldo Perez.
At this point the event coordinator Mr. Freddie Perez went on stage and called up Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. Assemblyman Jose Rivera was allowed inside the metal barrier behind him, along with up to a dozen people. I asked to go inside the metal barrier since I had my NYPD Press photo identification on me, but was denied access by one of State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. staffers. I was told to wait even though almost the entire staff of State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. know me, and I was denied access inside to take photos at that time of Assemblyman Crespo and Mr. Freddie Perez on stage. Did the others have NYPD Press Identification you may ask? The answer is that I recognized only one reporter, and no one else had NYPD Press credentials on them as I did. When Mr. Freddy Perez came off stage I told him what happened, and he seemed not to be concerned about what just had happened. I left to come back a little later bringing his brother Mr. John Perez. It seemed now that other elected officials had come including State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. who were now on stage. It appeared that I was allowed then to go inside the metal barrier, and the photos are below.
Above - Mr. Freddie Perez thanks the crowd for coming, as he calls up the elected officials to come on stage.
Below - The original TEAM DIAZ. State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. between Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda.
Above and Below - As things got going the crowd grew as you can see.
Above - It looks like Assemblyman Jose Rivera is repeating those words to State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. when Rivera was the Bronx Democratic County Leader, as the current Bronx Democratic County Leader looks on.
Below - Mr. Freddie Perez has five-hundred dollars in his hand as a reward for the person who can answer correctly a question about a video of State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.
Above - The first person got the answer wrong, but still received fifty dollars for her effort. Yes that is Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda with his son Julian in his arms.
Below - The Bronx Young Democrats moved to the shady side of the street, ans were joined by several other members including Mr. Anthony Perez (white shirt in the back row) who is the executive Director of the Bronx Democratic County organization.