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National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2017 ¡Boricua!

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City celebrates America’s Puerto Rican culture on the second Sunday of June. Take your flag and wave it!!!

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60th National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2017

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

2017 Honorees

Grand Marshal

Gilberto Santa Rosa “El Caballero de la Salsa”

Parade Queen

Actress Lana Parilla

Godmother (Madrina)

Entertainer Iris Chacón

Trailblazer in Music and Arts

Reggaeton star Yandel

Trailblazer in the Performing Arts

Broadway choreographer and producer Julio Monge

Trailblazer in Music

Salsa singer Bobby Cruz

Trailblazer in Television

TV Astrologer Walter Mercado

Prince

Elijah Font (Scholarship winner)

Princess

Yamilet Cortes (Scholarship winner)

Duke

Christian Alexis Milian (Scholarship winner)

Duchess

Amber Ali (Scholarship winner)

Ambassador

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

All-Star Honoree

Actor Jeimy Osorio
Salsa musician Cucco Peña

Athlete of the Year

Tennis Pro Mónica Puig
Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Laurie Hernandez

Rising Star

Singer Ozuna
Recording engineer Rolando Alejandro

Special Recognition

Puerto Rican National Baseball Team

Honored Puerto Rican Township

Municipality of Hormigueros

Honored Stateside Community

Lorian & Cleveland, Northeast Ohio

Lin-Manuel Miranda helped design the Boricua t-shirt.

Parade Scholarships

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.

Participating in the Parade

Applications to participate in the parade were due April 24, but have been extended until Friday, May 12.

Annual Golf Outing

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.

Gala Banquet

The Gala Banquet is at the New York Hilton Midtown, Friday, June 9.

Parade Weekend

The entire weekend is a Puerto Rican Party. You might also like:

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.

López Rivera Controversy

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.

59th National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2016

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).

2016 Honorees

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.

Outstanding Boricua

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Boricua Superstar

Jeimy Osorio

Orgullo Puertorriqueño

Pedro Julio Serrano, 2016

Ambassadors

Lynda Baquero
Maxine Ashley
Nilda Rosario
Alberto Rullán
Liliana Ayende
Joel Santiago

Special Recognition

Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera
Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz, boxer
Ada Conde & Yvonne Alvarez

Education Leadership

Juanita Diaz-Cotto, PhD,
Raquel Ortiz-Rodriguez, PhD
Sonia Manzano, Honorary

Corporate Trailblazer

Emilio Estefan

Lifetime Achievement

Barbara Herr
Candy Maldonado
Andy Montañez
Dr. Rosalina “Talín” Ramos

Rising Star

Danitza Vázquez
Francisco Proskauer Valerio

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