The revitalized organization announces schedule of events, dedications, partnerships, main office relocation and other important changes in preparation for landmark cultural celebration
The 19th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade (57th Puerto Rican Day Parade of New York) will take place on Sunday, June 8th at 11am on New York's Fifth Avenue. The event will be broadcast live on WNYW Fox 5. This year's parade will commemorate the centennial birthday of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, and will be dedicated to the soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as The Borinqueneers. The featured municipalities of this year's celebration will be the town of Guánica (63 miles southwest of San Juan, population 19,000), in commemoration of the centennial of its founding, and the city of Chicago, home to one of the largest Puerto Rican communities on the U.S. mainland.
Following a recent meeting of the organization's new and expanded Board, the Parade's organizers also announced the schedule of events leading up to the 2014 Parade:
Educational Leadership Banquet - Wednesday, May 21st
152nd Street Cultural Festival - Saturday, May 31st
Annual Parade Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral - Sunday, June 1st
Annual Gala at the Marriott Marquis - Friday, June 6th
"On Sunday, June 8th, all roads lead to New York City, for the largest celebration of Puerto Rican pride and culture in the world", said Orlando Plaza of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. "We'd like to thank New Yorkers, the people of Puerto Rico, and others from around the globe for their enthusiastic support in our mandate to keep this iconic tradition alive."
The board also announced these additional milestones for the success of the upcoming Parade:
Headquarters for the parade has relocated to 145 W. 15th Street, 7th Floor, in Manhattan, obtained in-kind. The Board voted unanimously to terminate the lease in The Bronx, so that the funds previously allocated for rent can be used for parade operations.
A new website was launched, providing the latest information on the 2014 Parade and related events. Visit www.NPRDPinc.org for regular updates and applications for parade participation.
The board also announced that advancing educational achievement is a priority, with 10% of all net proceeds from the parade going to a scholarship fund. The goal for 2014 is to award up to $30,000 in scholarships, up from $10,000 in previous years.
In response to a request to make participation in the Parade more accessible to more individuals and organizations in the community, parade application fees have been restructured, from $500 to a range of $50 to $500.