NEW YORK CITY, Fri, Feb 22, 2019 ~ Applications for $2,000 National Puerto Rican Day Parade scholarships are due today.
New York City’s 62nd National Puerto Rican Day Parade is Sunday, June 9, 2019
FIFTH AVENUE, MIDTOWN & UPPER EAST SIDE, Sun, Jun 9, 2019 ~ America’s biggest cultural celebration
The warm-up to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
152nd St between Jackson Ave and Union Ave
Woodstock, The Bronx
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Scholarship Applications were due Friday, March 30, 2018.
Sponsor the Parade at www.nprdpinc.org
Parade Applications for floats and marchers were due Friday, April 27, 2018.
The deadline has been extended to Friday, May 11, 2018.
The 3rd Golf Outing is Thursday, May 10, 2018. From $300
Artspace, PS 109
215 East 99th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenue
Friday, May 11, 2018.
The vendor application deadline is Thursday, May 17, 2018.
The 152nd Street Cultural Festival is on 152nd St between Jackson and Union Avenues in Woodstock, The Bronx on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11 am – 5 pm. Free
Spanish Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan on June 3 at 4 pm.
New York City becomes one big Puerto Rican Party on Parade weekend!
The 2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade is Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 11 am – 6 pm.
For more information, visit www.nprdpinc.org
Virginia Sánchez Korrol, PhD
The 2017 parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 43rd St to 79th St on Sunday, June 11 starting at 11am. The reviewing stand is at 67th Street. It will be broadcast live at 12 noon on Channel 7 and streamed online at www.abc7ny.com
For forms and more information, visit www.nprdpinc.org
Gilberto Santa Rosa “El Caballero de la Salsa”
Actress Lana Parilla
Entertainer Iris Chacón
Reggaeton star Yandel
Broadway choreographer and producer Julio Monge
Salsa singer Bobby Cruz
TV Astrologer Walter Mercado
Elijah Font (Scholarship winner)
Yamilet Cortes (Scholarship winner)
Christian Alexis Milian (Scholarship winner)
Amber Ali (Scholarship winner)
Singer Ana Isabelle
Actor Modesto Lacén
Singer Ektor Rivera
TV newscaster Allan Villafaña
TV newscaster Ricardo Luis Villarini
Salsa musician Ismael Rivera Jr.
Actor Shalim Ortiz
Actor Jeimy Osorio
Salsa musician Cucco Peña
Tennis Pro Mónica Puig
Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Laurie Hernandez
Recording engineer Rolando Alejandro
Puerto Rican National Baseball Team
Municipality of Hormigueros
Lorian & Cleveland, Northeast Ohio
Lin-Manuel Miranda helped design the Boricua t-shirt.
Part of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s mission is to fund scholarships for promising high school seniors and college students of Puerto Rican descent. The Parade awards one hundred $2,000 scholarships. The scholarships also provide networking and mentoring opportunities.
Scholarship applications for the 2017 Parade were originally due Monday, February 20, 2017, but have now been extended until March 31, 2017.
Winners will be announced at the NPRDP Education Leadership Awards at Time Warner Center on May 25th.
Applications to participate in the parade were due April 24, but have been extended until Friday, May 12.
The 2nd annual Golf Outing is at Pelham Bay Golf Course in The Bronx, Monday, May 15, 2017. All proceeds benefit the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Youth Educational Scholarship Fund.
The Gala Banquet is at the New York Hilton Midtown, Friday, June 9.
The entire weekend is a Puerto Rican Party. You might also like:
Soulfrito Fest 2018 is at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8 pm. From $76
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, June 10.
New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 10.
The parade stirred controversy by choosing to honor Oscar López Rivera as a “Freedom Hero.” Some consider López Rivera a hero. Others consider him a terrorist. The issue caused sponsors and participants to drop out and became a national story.
López Rivera is an FALN leader who was recently released from prison. The FALN was a Puerto Rican paramilitary group that fought for Puerto Rican independence. It ran a bombing campaign in New York and Chicago from 1974 to 1980 that killed five people, injured others, and caused millions of dollars of damage.
López River claims he never did anything to hurt people, and that he was basically framed. President Obama commuted his very long sentence. So it is hard to know what the real story is.
The cracked wall at Fraunces Tavern, a historic restaurant in the Financial District, is the relic of a FALN bomb. It was one of two terrorist attacks in New York City before 9/11.
Goya Foods, the Yankees, AT&T, JetBlue, Coca-Cola, Corona Beer and others dropped their parade sponsorships.
The NYPD Hispanic society, Police Commissioner James O’Neill, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, FDNY Hispanic Society, and others dropped out of marching in the parade as well.
Two members of the parade’s board of directors quit over the controversy.
The parade leadership lobbied for López Rivera’s release over the years and stood firm in its decision to honor him. It asked for, “peace, unity, compassion and reflection.”
The whole story was an unnecessary setback that damaged the image of Puerto Rican communities across the country. We are all for Puerto Rican pride, but question why in the age of terrorism we would honor anyone whose efforts killed innocent people. This will likely make it harder for Washington to help solve the current economic crisis on the island.
New York City Mayor Di Blasio stated that he would still march “to honor the Puerto Rican people.” Meanwhile he worked diplomatically behind the scenes to get López Rivera to withdraw.
The New York Daily News published a statement by López Rivera on June 1 that says he will march, “not as your honoree but as a humble Puerto Rican and grandfather.”
In hindsight, this was much ado about nothing. It’s a big deal if you just read the news. But if you know the Puerto Rican community, you know that we are a loving community that contributes to the American fabric.
The party starts Friday with a Gala at the New York Hilton Midtown where Salsa singer Andy Montañez will perform, continues Saturday with the 32nd New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and ends with the parade.
The 2016 parade marches up Fifth Ave from 44th to 79th St on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 11am-5pm. The parade will be broadcast live on WABC-TV channel 7 from 12-4pm. It will be streamed live online at www.abc7ny.com.
2016’s theme is “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces” (One Nation, Many Voices).
International singer Ednita Nazario is the parade’s Grand Marshal. New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony and actress Rosario Dawson are the parade’s King and Queen. Actor Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) is the parade’s Padrino (Godfather). Actress Giselle Blondet is the parade’s Madrina.
Pedro Julio Serrano, 2016
Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera
Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz, boxer
Ada Conde & Yvonne Alvarez
Juanita Diaz-Cotto, PhD,
Raquel Ortiz-Rodriguez, PhD
Sonia Manzano, Honorary
Dr. Rosalina “Talín” Ramos
Francisco Proskauer Valerio