The Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican National Parade announced that the great celebration will return to the Big Apple on Sunday, June 12, as part of the 65th anniversary of the event.
“This year is very important for the Parade, and the return to Fifth Avenue is one more sign that New York City and the Puerto Rican community remain as strong, resilient and vibrant as ever,” Louis said in a press release. Maldonado, chairman of the NPRDP board.
“The NPRDP Board of Directors is pleased to invite all Boricuas from the New York City area, Puerto Rico, and the extended homeland (the diaspora) to join us on June 12 to exclaim ¡WEPA! and sing ‘What a beautiful flag,’ just as we have done for the last 64 years,” he added.
This year, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parade will be dedicated to the municipality of Cidra, as the Town of Eternal Spring, located in the central mountainous region of the island and home to some 40,000 cidreños.
In the United States, the state of Philadelphia will be honored, where more than 250,000 Puerto Ricans live in Berks and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania; as well as Camden, Atlantic and Cumberland counties in New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware.
These are part of the scheduled events:
152 STREET CULTURAL FESTIVAL
The celebration kicks off with the 152nd Street Cultural Festival on May 28 on 152nd Street between Jackson and Tinton Avenues in the Bronx. Organizers are already accepting applications from artisans, community groups, vendors and sponsors who wish to participate. For more details visit the NPRDPinc.org/152nd-street-festival website.
GALA TO BENEFIT THE NPRDP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
On Saturday, June 11, the fundraising gala is held at the Central Park Zoo to support the NPRDP scholarship program. Since 2014, the NPRDP has awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarships to outstanding Puerto Rican students attending college.
Visit NPRDPinc.org/gala for more details.
In addition to the gala, the organizers are using new technology to raise funds for their scholarship program through a collaboration with Mowsse, one of the first independent digital marketplaces for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Mowsse has selected the National Puerto Rican Parade Scholarship Program as his first philanthropic investment.
JUNE 12 PARADE