July 3, 2021, Albany, N.Y. — Albany mayoral candidate Alicia Purdy joined with hundreds of Albany’s Filipino community as they celebrated Philippine Independence Day with a parade that ended in a day-long festival in Washington Park and numerous cultural festivities including Filipino music, dancing, vendors, businesses and food as well as additional performances by local artists.
“I was honored to be invited to march in the parade and speak at the very first Independence Day celebration with Albany’s vibrant Filipino community! I have traveled to the Philippines and have a first-hand knowledge of the rich beauty and history of this wonderful culture. I was proud to stand among my friends and enjoy this wonderful day. While other cities cancelled their parades and celebrations, multiple groups from across New York State came into Albany to celebrate the Independence Day of the Philippines and that is a testament to the hard work, commitment and love of those who put this momentous day together.”
“I look forward to working with the Filipino community as mayor to help solidify their fair representation as nurses at Albany Med and to coming alongside our Filipino friends and neighbors in the future to continue to create visibility and opportunities for their expression and vitality in Albany.”