The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC is an annual event that celebrates Puerto Rican culture and community. It was originally established in 1958 as a replacement for the Hispanic Day Parade and has since grown into one of the largest parades in New York City.
The parade attracts thousands of participants and spectators, including political figures and celebrities, and features a variety of cultural activities, music, dance, and festivities to honor and celebrate Puerto Rican culture. Even watching along the route of the parade will not leave you standing still on your feet: A parade truly worth seeing and a highlight of New York events in June.
History of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade
The first Puerto Rican Day Parade took place in Manhattan in 1958, originally as a replacement for the Hispanic Day Parade. It later expanded into the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and now hosts over seven major events throughout the city. During parade weekend, many other events take place, including a street festival along 116th Street. The parade has attracted prominent figures and politicians, including mayors, governors, and celebrities like Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin. There are also honorary guests with various titles like “King” and “National Patron.”
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC is a significant event that has appeared in popular TV shows like “Seinfeld” as well as in controversial situations. The parade has also been referenced humorously in literature and comedy shows, often about participants’ backgrounds.
When is the Parade?
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York always takes place on the 2nd Sunday in June. This year, it falls on June 9, 2024.
Where is the Parade?
The parade occurs in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Participants march along Fifth Avenue, from 44th Street to 86th Street.