On behalf of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. and its Board of Directors, I thank New York for one of the most glorious and moving National Puerto Rican Day Parades in recent history. The display of flags, joy, pride and unity yesterday through Fifth Avenue, is an example that together, as one community embracing and celebrating multiple voices, sí se puede/yes we can! Over 125 delegations, 67 floats and double the ratings for the parade’s television broadcast, are some of this year’s accomplishments, the result of a close partnership between community leaders, corporate partners who invested in our community and Parade, and New Yorkers of all cultural backgrounds who came together to make sure that the National Puerto Rican Day Parade remains one of the City’s and the Nation’s greatest traditions.
I thank Melissa Mark Viverito, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and countless others who never doubted that this event was going to happen, and that it would be the great Parade that our community deserves. I also thank the City agencies, the Police Commissioner and the members of the NYPD for their exceptional work and support. My gratitude also goes to the sponsors and funders, and to the hundred of thousands of Parade spectators, volunteers and marchers, who combined said presente and made this event possible.
As we now look toward the future, we remain committed to enhancing the new era of rebirth and rebuilding of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Organization. We have a board with the professional and cultural skills and experience required to meet the new direction. We have established major transparency, accountability and structural measures, and we will make sure that our governance will make and keep the organization strong for years to come.
Our mandate to refocus the Parade on culture, education, development, inclusion, and diversity, is already having a tremendous impact on this iconic event and its official programming. This will remain at the core of our work, as the Parade honors its mission to serve as a tool for community empowerment, bridging generations of Puerto Ricans and rooting them in tradition, pride, cultural awareness, achievement and excellence.
Javier E. Gómez / 917.533.1247 / firstname.lastname@example.org