- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Some Peruvians are pressing a New Jersey city to rename part of a street after their homeland.

Supporters told the Paterson City Council it should change the name of a two-block section of Market Street to Peru Boulevard.

Nelly Celli says she and other members of the Peruvian community met with the street naming committee in September and never got a response.

Peruvians are among the largest cultural groups in Paterson. They hold an annual parade and festival in the summer.

Mayor Jose Torres tells The Record (bit.ly/1kPhQEa) newspaper that changing the name is appropriate considering the size of the Peruvian population. Torres says normally streets are named after individuals and a country would be a first.

The mayor says the decision rests with the council.

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