J.J. Barea was given a hero's welcome, when he arrived to his native Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño and hundreds of Puerto Ricans, first greeted Barea at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, in Isla Verde. Barea, a point guard with the Dallas Mavericks, helped the team win their first NBA title. J.J. Barea said, he was humbled by the warm reception. Governor Fortuño awarded Barea with a Puerto Rican flag.
The celebration continued in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Barea participated on a two-hour-long parade, along Baldorioty de Castro Avenue, where thousands waited to get a glimpse of the island’s newest sports hero. Traffic was brought to a halt, and music and sirens were blaring, as Barea waved to thousands of Puerto Ricans cheering along the route. The parade continued to Ponce de León Avenue, and on to the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee headquarters in Old San Juan, for a party.
On Thursday, Barea will visit his hometown Mayagüez, a western coastal city of Puerto Rico, which has another parade planned for him.
Here is a video of the celebrations: