Puerto Rican Day Parade
Lorraine Cortez Vasquez chairs the board and said with about 2 million spectators and 20,000 marchers, it’s the fifth largest parade in the country.
For all the hyperbole and woeful acronyms, MSG isn’t the World’s Most Famous Arena, but it is the ancestral home of pugilism, going back to its days on 49th Street and through the Ali-Frazier era and Bernard Hopkins; toppling of Felix Trinidad.
Hundreds of thousands of marchers and onlookers packed the avenue on a warm sunny day. The theme of this year’s parade was “One Nation, Many Voices.”
When the parade is held June 8, every float rolling down Fifth Avenue will be required to display a cultural theme. A community food drive is also being organized as part of the festivities and more money has been set aside for scholarships.
According to the attorney general, Carlos Velasquez underreported how much he collected from sponsors, and misused funds that were meant for scholarships.
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is set for Sunday, and police have advised the public that several roads will be closed in Midtown and on the Upper East Side.
On Thursday a group of Puerto Rican organizations, elected officials, activists, and community groups rallied outside of the Manhattan Beer Distributors’ building in the Bronx.
Councilman Fernando Cabrera called having the flag on a beer can “an absolute insult to all Puerto Ricans.”
Nearly two million spectators lined the street as 80,000 participants marched down the parade route. It’s all part of a weekend long celebration of Puerto Rican heritage and culture.
Every year, on the second Sunday in June, Puerto Ricans not only in New York but also around the world celebrate their heritage with the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Here’s what you need to know for Sunday’s festivities.