If you live in NYC, you pretty much know what a piragua is right? (Can you hear the scraping sound of the ice!?)
Its that thing the man or woman sells out of the little cart that’s lined with bottles filled with colorful liquids inside and right smack in the middle, a huge block of ice. OK. It sort of looks like a snow cone but in a cup! Yeah, you know what I’m talking about right?
I’m not sure if some of you have tried them before but they come in all different flavors and are sure to quench your thirst on a hot day like today.
Did you know the Piragua comes from Puerto Rico? Yes, the piragua was brought to the U.S. during the Puerto Rican migration back in to 1920’s. Along with other Puerto Rican traditions came the piragua! The name “Piragua” comes from the combination of the words “piramide” which means pyramid and “agua” which means water. Cool right?
(New York City, Circa 1920)
For me, the piragua symbolizes creativity, uniqueness, art, and a flavorful force that is mi isla/ my island, my country. I see a way to make a living while also putting a smile on someone’s face.
Who knew that a small treat like the piragua could remind me of so much! Next time you see a piraguero/a smile and treat yourself to one, I promise you, you will enjoy it!(Try the “leche” one, its delish!)
Thanks for reading and happy summer!
Check out this special Piragua Cart: