The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is an essential summer event in June in NYC, and it made a comeback in 2022 for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
Luckily, the beloved parade is returning yet again for 2023, set to take place along Fifth Ave on Sunday, June 11. This year’s theme is Música, Cultura y Alegría (Music, Culture and Joy) and is dedicated to the municipality of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
“The NPRDP Board selected this theme because these words embody the essence of the 2023 celebration, and they encapsulate the tributes and honorees we will recognize during the Parade and related events,” says Louis Maldonado Pérez, NPRDP Board member and former Board Chair. “We encourage everyone in our community to join us on Fifth Avenue on June 11, and we hope this theme will inspire all participants as they plan their float designs and presentations for a festive demonstration of Boricua pride and achievement.”
Here’s everything else you need to know about the time-honored tradition:
What is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade?
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is a NYC celebration that honors Puerto Rican heritage and culture, plus the renowned achievements of Puerto Rican individuals with music, dance and themed floats. This year’s parade also celebrates its 66th anniversary, as the founders first marched in New York City in 1958.. It draws an estimated 1.5 million spectators each year.
When is the Parade taking place in 2023?
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade normally takes place on the second Sunday of the month of June. This year it falls on Sunday, June 11.
What time is the Puerto Rican Day Parade?
It begins at 11 a.m. It normally lasts about two hours.
What is the Parade route?
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade marches down NYC’s Fifth Avenue from 43rd Street up to 79th St.
If I can’t attend in person, where else can I watch it?
The celebration will be broadcast live on WABC-TV, Channel 7, starting at noon EDT. The Parade will also be streamed on www.abc7ny.com.
You can find any other info. you’re looking for on the National Puerto Rican Day Parade website here.