Former State Senator Pedro Espada and his son, Pedro G. Espada, who are both currently on trial for corruption, had a habit of throwing lavish parties for the ex-politician’s young grandson. These extravagant kiddie parties have come up multiple times at their trial where a videographer claimed then-Senator Espada tried to get him to call the boy’s first birthday party in April 2007 a “children’s community outreach” event to avoid paying for DVD’s, and when federal prosecutors also presented photos of another fete that featured someone dressed as Barney the Dinosaur and a small pony. Expenses for both those parties were paid for by the taxpayer-funded health company the Espadas are accused of taking $500,000 from, Soundview Health Care Network.
The festivities discussed so far at trial aren’t the only ones the Espadas threw for the former senator’s grandson. On Facebook, Pedro G. Espada posted several albums documenting parties with exotic animals, faux castles, clowns and an inflatable bouncy house. Check out our slideshow with some of the best pictures, of course, Mr. Espada’s grandson’s face has been blurred due to his young age.