Orchard Beach information sign in Spanish, for people entering from
the parking lot (background).
The majority of people who come to Orchard Beach in the 21st Century are
Hispanic, a reflection of the overall transformation of the Bronx population
from Italian, Irish, and Jewish, to a mixture Black American, Dominican,
Puerto Rican, West Indian, Mexican, West African, Bangladeshi, Albanian,
Indian, and many other groups. In 2009, 31.9% of the Bronx population were
immigrants, and the Orchard Beach crowds reflect this diversity. Salsa
music dominates, often with live orchestras playing. It's not for nothing
that the Bronx is known as El Condado de la Salsa.