Taken on a hot summer day, a Quinceañera party was held on the boardwalk in Long Island City in Queens, New York. A Quinceañera is a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl’s coming of age, and her transition from childhood to adulthood, the girl turning 15th years old. These events typically involve a mass followed by a party. It is one of the most important traditions for many young Latin American women. I was lucky enough to follow this Quinceañera, it was a lavish display of young teens running around in pink and white dresses and suits, dancing to a radio hit song, Senorita, sung by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. The party reached its peak when the boyfriend gave the girl a silver ring, signifying the girl’s bond to God, family and her community. The excitement of the family and friends of the birthday girl radiated liveliness and made the scene feel very dreamlike, just as it should be.
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