What to Know
- The 2019 National Puerto Rican Day Parade steps off on NYC's Fifth Avenue June 9 at 11 a.m.; it marches from East 43rd to East 79th streets
- The Board of Directors announced it is accepting participant applications; find details on how to apply at http://www.nprdpinc.org/floats/
- This year’s parade is dedicated to the municipality of Loíza, which is celebrating the tricentennial of its founding
The 2019 National Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on New York City’s Fifth Avenue from East 43rd to East 79th streets on Sunday, June 9, starting at 11 a.m. -- and organizers are now accepting participant applications.
The Board of Directors welcomes groups interested in celebrating Puerto Rican culture, history and traditions, and all contingents and floats must have cultural elements as part of their presentation. Those interested in participating should visit the “Floats & Contingents” page on the parade website for additional details and instructions on applying.
This year’s parade is dedicated to the municipality of Loíza, in Puerto Rico, which is celebrating the tricentennial of its founding.
Located about 15 miles to the east of San Juan and home to a population of 30,000 loiceños Loiza boasts a rich, heritage of predominantly Afro-Puerto Rican influence whose customs and traditions have added dimension and diversity to the broader Puerto Rican identity and experience.
“We Loiceños are honored to receive this distinction from the Puerto Rican community in the diaspora, said the mayor of Loíza, the honorable Julia M. Nazario Fuentes. "We are preparing a magnificent
sample of our cultural attractions for the Parada, as an important part of the celebration of the 300 years of the founding of the parish of Loíza; although the settlement of our ancestors on the banks of the Rio Grande de Loíza dates back to even longer ago. This summer will be spectacular, with the rumble of Bomba in the streets of New York. We hope to see you all en La Quinta!”