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
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
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
Athlete of the Year
Tennis Pro Mónica Puig
Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Laurie Hernandez
Recording engineer Rolando Alejandro
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.
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.
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.
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.