Despite Recent Controversy, Over 1 Million Flock To NYC's Annual Puerto Rican Day ParadeCorporate sponsors including AT&T and JetBlue dropped out of Sunday's parade over the organizers' decision to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, a former member of the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN.
De Blasio Says He Privately Threatened To Sit Out Puerto Rican Day Parade Over López Rivera InvolvementMayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he was publicly holding his tongue – while privately urging Puerto Rican Day Parade organizers to renounce a onetime terror leader.
Puerto Rican Day Parade Board Of Directors Says No One Else To Receive National Freedom Hero TitleThe parade's board of directors has said Oscar Lopez Rivera will march June 11 in the parade "not as an honoree but as a humble Puerto Rican and grandfather" after the controversial figure stepped down from his position as the honoree.
Oscar López Rivera Declines To Be Honored In Puerto Rican Day ParadeAmid heated controversy, onetime militant Oscar López Rivera has declined to be honored in the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.
De Blasio Says He'll March In Puerto Rican Day Parade, But Not With Honoree López RiveraMayor Bill de Blasio revealed Wednesday that he will still march in the Puerto Rican Day Parade, but will not march alongside Oscar López Rivera – whom some call a political prisoner, others a practitioner of terrorism.
Bombing Victim’s Son Furious Over De Blasio, Viverito’s Decision To March With FALN LeaderThere was more controversy Tuesday, involving the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and a decision to honor an activist linked to a deadly bombing.
NYPD Commissioner Says He Won't March In Puerto Rican Day ParadeOrganizers of the city's Puerto Rican Day parade are sticking with their decision to honor a freed militant who once embraced armed resistance to U.S. rule of Puerto Rico.
Actress Rita Moreno Named 2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade Grand MarshalLorraine 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.
Keidel: Miguel Cotto Selling Out The Garden Says Something -- Good And BadFor 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.
Mayor Bill De Blasio Leads His 1st Puerto Rican Day ParadeHundreds 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."
Revamped Puerto Rican Day Parade To Step Off On June 8When 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.
AG Schneiderman: NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Fundraiser Misused $1M In FundsAccording to the attorney general, Carlos Velasquez underreported how much he collected from sponsors, and misused funds that were meant for scholarships.