Puerto Rican pride will be celebrated across New York City this Sunday in its quintessentially colorful, personal way, as the iconic National Parade returns to Manhattan after a two-year pandemic hiatus.
The 65th annual event along Fifth Avenue will celebrate the culture, arts, achievements and legacies of Puerto Rico and its people. The parade begins at 11am and stretches along the iconic Manhattan span between 43rd and 79th Streets. This year it is dedicated to the Municipality of Cidra, Puerto Rico, also called the City of Eternal Spring, or El City of Eternal Spring†
See more details here. However, the festivities begin prior to Sunday’s big parade. Parade organizers and Mayor Eric Adams were set to raise the Puerto Rican flag at Bowling Green Park in lower Manhattan Friday afternoon to officially kick off the parade weekend. A fundraising gala will follow Saturday night at Central Park Zoo in support of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s efforts to aid universities.
“This is a landmark year for the Parade, and our return to Fifth Avenue is yet another sign that NYC and the Puerto Rican community are strong, resilient and as vibrant as ever,” said Louis Maldonado, president of the board of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. last month’s planned return.
“The NPRDP Board of Directors invites all Boricua’s in the New York City, Puerto Rico area, and across the Patria extendida (diaspora) to join us on June 12 to proclaim ¡WEPA! and ‘Qué bonita bandera’, just like we’ve done for the past 64 years,” he said.