The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is by far the largest American cultural celebration. This eventful parade held along Fifth Avenue Midtown NYC celebrates the Puerto Rican culture and the entire community by connecting the Puerto Ricans living in NYC with their compatriots. That’s not all! The event also helps to connect the community to a series of scholarships and other amazing opportunities for Puerto Ricans. Stick around and find out more…
The National Puerto Rican Parade happens every year on 9th June and more than 2 million people are expected to attend. As always, the event will feature marchers on both foot and floats with colorful costumes celebrating the Puerto Rican heritage. Typically, the festivities kick off at around 11 a.m. and are expected to last until late in the evening. Here are some quick facts about this amazing day.
When does the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Happen?
- Tuesday, 9th June 2020 at around 11 a.m. and will end by 5 p.m.
Venue for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade
- Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in NYC between the 79th and 42nd The event will end at the north end of Fifth Avenue.
What happens to the traffic during this day?
Well, if you are a New Yorker, I’m sure you already know the drill. But if this is your first time in New York, then you should know that traffic will be messy along Midtown. So be ready and plan ahead if you will be attending the event. Also, use the subway or buses to go to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Otherwise, you might end up getting late which means you will likely miss all the fun.
Interesting facts you should know about the Puerto Rican Day Parade
This year is obviously not the first Puerto Rican Day Parade. The event has been in existence for years. In fact, the very first Puerto Rican Day Parade was held on April 13, 1958, in the same street in Manhattan. It was a replacement for the Hispanic Day Parade. Click here if you want to learn more about Puerto Rico in general.
More to that, the parade is now hosting seven major events throughout New York. There are also other events that happen on the same day but are not sponsored by the Puerto Rican Day Parade. In addition to the Manhattan Parade, there are currently over fifty smaller sized parades that happen throughout the US.
Another amazing thing about this event is that it also attracts New York Politicians to participate in the fun. The parade has also been featured in several TV series and NBC television is known as, ‘The Puerto Rican Day’.
Puerto Rican Day Parade is an event that brings the whole nation together to celebrate one of the best cultures in the world. There’s no other place you could be on the 9th June other than marching on Fifth Avenue enjoying the songs. Through this event, most Puerto Ricans are able to get scholarships and pursue their dream careers.