Festival Betances: The Grease Pole 2016
It wasn't until the last recent years that I truly started to appreciate all the things around me. The more I got to travel, the more I realized how unique my childhood experience was. I am a first generation Latino American, born and raised in the city of Boston, MA. In a historic Puerto Rican community. I feel a moral obligation to share my culture with you all.
The festival goes on from Friday to Sunday. Sunday has always been my favorite day because its the day of the grease pole. The entire community gathers around a 30 ft. flag pole, covered in grease. Puerto Rican flags are placed at the top and 2-3 groups of 5 or 6 men and women compete for a monetary prize. Each group takes a turn trying to climb their way to the top. The first group that retrieves a flag, walks away with major bragging rights.
I worked with IBA (the organizers) to document the three days. Check out their cool blog post, which features my images.