Prado comes from the more common word, found in the work of Latin American poets like Pablo Neruda and nostalgic Argentine folk singers, pradera: meadow, or watered field. El Prado, of course, is the famous Spanish museum—and prado is currently used to define a park, a great lawn, a promenade, even a garden. Hence, the word covers a lot of ground—from alfalfa fields for grazing cattle, to urban promenades. From the lower forty to Central Park. You could even say, if you were feeling pretentious, that your yard is your prado.

Luis Alberto Urrea