Puerto Rican Day Parade
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Puerto Rican Day Parade Summary
Event Overview: The Puerto Rican Day Parade was first held in 1958 to honor the nearly four million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and the countless people of Puerto Rican heritage residing in the mainland United States. Each year, the Parade features a different theme and celebrity honorees.
What to Expect: With nearly three million spectators annually, the Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of the largest parades in New York. Expect big crowds, loud music, and a good time.
- Celebrities: To show their pride in their Puerto Rican heritage, many celebrities march or perform in the Puerto Rican Day Parade; in 2010, Marc Anthony, Daddy Yankee, and Hector El Bambino made appearances. In 2007, the Parade featured both Marc Anthony and his wife, Jennifer Lopez, along with singer Ricky Martin.
- Good Food: One of the best things about the Puerto Rican Day Parade is the food. Vendors line the parade's route on Fifth Avenue, offering delicious Puerto Rican and American cuisine. Many of New York City's finest restaurants are also open for business.
- Colorful Decorations: Nearly all the spectators and participants in the Puerto Rican Day Parade can be seen carrying the Puerto Rican flag. Expect palpable civic pride.
Inside Knowledge: The Puerto Rican Day Parade began in "El Barrio" in Manhattan in 1958. Since its inception, the Parade has become a cherished part of American culture. In 2006, the Parade attracted over 80,000 participants and over two million spectators, making it one of the largest outdoor events in NYC.
- Dress Appropriately: The Puerto Rican Day Parade is held every year in June, and the weather is often hot. Dress accordingly. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes.
- Bring Water and a Snack: While food is available at the Puerto Rican Day Parade, we recommend bringing water and a snack. As is the case with most parades in New York, the food can be a bit pricey.
- Get There Early: The Puerto Rican Day NYC Parade is the largest parade in New York City and, next to the Labor Day West Indian American Day Carnival, the second largest public event. Show up early to this NYC parade to get a good spot.
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Puerto Rican Day Parade
Over Two Million Spectators Celebrating Puerto Rican Culture at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
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Event Quick Facts
- The Puerto Rican Day NYC Parade begins at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.
- The Puerto Rican Day NYC Parade starts at 11am and ends at 6pm.
- The Puerto Rican Parade is held every year in June.
42nd St-5th Ave-6th Ave (7, B, D, F, V); Grand Central (4, 5, 6, 7, S); Times Square-42nd St (1, 2, 3, S, 7, N, Q, R, W, A, C, E)