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Jun 11 2023

66th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Sunday, June 11, 2023
Beginning at 11:00 am

Marches up Fifth Avenue from 43rd Street to 79th Street

Broadcasting the event live will be WABC-TV (Channel 7 in NYC) and it’ll be streamed online at www.abc7ny.com

Visit as well the official site here: nprdpinc.org

Also have a look at our listing for the 152nd Street Cultural Festival taking place on May 27.

This year’s parade is dedicated to the municipality of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and to the life and music of legendary Puerto Rican composer and musician, Rafael Hernández Marín.

Aguadilla is a city located on the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico. It is best known for its beaches, but it also has a vibrant business community, restaurants, and a burgeoning arts & culture scene. The mayor of Aguadilla, Julio Roldán, expressed being honored by the dedication of the parade.

Rafael Hernández Marín was born in Aguadilla in 1891. He was a prolific composer who wrote over 800 songs, many of which are considered classics of Puerto Rican music. His most famous composition is “Lamento Borincano,” which is considered the national anthem of Puerto Rico. Hernández Marín also played a major role in the development of the music of New York City. He and his contemporaries, like Bobby Capó, Mirta Silva and Tito Puente, helped to make Puerto Rican music a global phenomenon.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is the largest celebration of Puerto Rican culture in the United States. It is a time for Puerto Ricans from all over the country to come together and celebrate their heritage. The parade features floats, marching bands, dancers, and other performers. It is a joyous occasion that celebrates the diversity and richness of Puerto Rican culture.

Summary of the Parade’s History according to sources (remezcla.com / twinkl.com / nprdpinc.org)

  • The parade started as the Hispanic Parade in 1955, as a way to show the cultural diversity and unity of Latinos in New York City.
  • In 1958, the parade became the Puerto Rican Day Parade, focusing on the Puerto Rican community and its contributions to the city and the nation.
  • In 1995, the parade expanded its scope and name, becoming the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. It also moved from April to June, coinciding with the Puerto Rican Heritage Month.
  • Today, the parade is the largest demonstration of cultural pride in the nation, attracting millions of spectators and participants. It also hosts several events throughout the city, such as cultural festivals, educational awards, and a gala banquet.

The event is finished.