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Puerto Rican culture and tradition

The 66th National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The 66th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade returned to Midtown on Sunday through thousands of fluttering flags and echoing calls of “wepa!”

Parade revelers could be heard screaming “Viva Puerto Rico” and “La Bonita Bandera” with cultural pride all along Fifth Avenue. Some draped the flag over their bodies, while others held toy coquis (a tiny frog named after its loud mating call).

Hundreds of floats joined in on the fun, kicking off from 44th Street, blasting musical favorites , while plumes of red, white and blue confetti flew through the air.

The 66th National Puerto Rican parade was tagged as Music, Culture, and Joy, which honored the trailblazers who’ve made a cultural footprint on the United States. Honorees included Grand Marshall Giselle Blondet, 2023 Queen Justina Machado, and more. Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, and a slew of City Council members also marched under the scorching sun.

The parade route ended at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Watch the Video from The 66th National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The 66th Anniversary mass

Photos and Video From The National Puerto Rican Day Parade - 66th Anniversary Mass

152nd Street Cultural Festival

Set in The Bronx, “El Condado de la Salsa,” The National Puerto Rican Day Parade has hosted this annual cultural event since 1995 where we welcome all families to join us in celebrating the Puerto Rican culture.

This is a family-friendly, fun-filled event that offers a variety of activities and entertainment for people of all ages. The day features live musical performances, dancing, celebrity appearances and a children’s pavilion scheduled with storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts, and other fun surprises!

Kiosks line the street with corporate and local vendors selling comida típica (traditional food), artisans displaying and selling their art and many free giveaways.

 The 152nd Street Cultural Festival is the kick-off celebration leading up to the Parade on 5th Avenue.

photos and Videos of National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s 152nd Street Cultural Festival