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. 

"There is nothing like the moment when you grab that flag." -Jose Rodriguez

"There is nothing like the moment when you grab that flag." -Jose Rodriguez

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.

The winning team starting their climb.

The winning team starting their climb.

I worked with IBA (the organizers) to document the three days. Check out their cool blog post, which features my images.

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