Historia del Día de Puerto Rico Desfile.

On the second Sunday of every June a total of almost 3 million Puerto Rican New York City residents line 5th Avenue to celebrate and praise their culture and history.

Humble Beginning…

The very first Puerto Rican Day Parade was held in Manhattan on Sunday, April 13, 1958. It replaced the more general Hispanic Day parade but didn’t become known as the National Puerto Rican Day parade until 1995.

Expansion…

“The parade now hosts over seven major events throughout the city. There are dozens of other events that also take place the weekend of the parade that are not sponsored by the National Parade’s corporation.” And as far as I’m concerned National Puerto Rican Day spans from late May to mid June.

Stars in the Sky…

A long list of entertainers, politicians and prominent personalities have made appearances in the National Puerto Rican Day parade. Puerto Rico’s own Marc Anthony, The Bronx’s own Jennifer Lopez and Fat Joe, Brooklyn rapper Fabolous, Former Menudo member Ricky Martin, Bronx politician Herman BadilloMambo musician Tito Puente, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and hopefully newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be making an appearance at this year’s parade.

Rotten Apples…

What’s a good time without at a few cuts and bruises? Can’t argue with that. But a little sexual assault? On June 11th, 2000 group of girls were assaulted in Central Park by a group of overly handsy male parade goers. Fortunately, a spectator’s home video footage of the incident lead to the arrest of most of the perpetrators.

Steep Tradition…

The city comes to life in the weeks leading up to the parade. Along with flowers in full bloom, open fire hydrants and Mr. Softee ice cream trucks, the Puerto Rican day parade has become one of the signs of summer. You know the dog days of summer are here when every fire escape and car hood is draped with a Puerto Rican flag.

You can almost say that everyone is Puerto Rican for a day when that famed second Sunday of June rolls around.

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