Sunday, June 14, 2015

Breaking News: National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2015

RITA MORENO, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, DR. MARTA MORENO VEGA, OPERA LEGEND MARTINA ARROYO, AND MORE TO LEAD NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE 2015

Cultural Celebration on Fifth Avenue to also Honor Afro-Boricua Heritage and the State of Connecticut

Special campaign to raise awareness about Environmental Justice for Caño Martín Peña in San Juan

May 11th, 2015, New York, NY – The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) today announced its line-up of honorees, themes, special events, and initiatives, for the upcoming celebration annual celebration along Fifth Avenue.

  • May 11th, 2015 - NY Press Conference Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez, Chairperson of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Photo by Vincent Villafañe.

Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-winning entertainer Rita Moreno, will serve as the Parade’s Grand Marshal, leading up the massive Parade of approximately 20,000 marchers and 2 million spectators, on June 14th. Salsa superstar Victor Manuelle will serve at the Parade’s King. Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the upcoming Broadway musical “Hamilton”, will receive the “Nuestro Orgullo” (Our Pride) Award for his inspiring contribution to the American stage.

In a press conference held at the New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez, President of NPRDP, joined the Parade’s Board of Directors to announce the continuation of “Un Pueblo Muchas Voces” (One Community, Multiple Voices), as the Parade’s overall theme.  A special commemorative theme has been added, “Celebrating Afro-Boricua Heritage”, meant to coincide with the designation of the next decade as the “International Decade for People of African Descent”, by the United Nations.

As part of this celebration NPRDP 2015 will honor Kennedy-Center Honor recipient Martina Arroyo, Opera Legend and Founder of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute, novelist and educator Mayra-Santos Febres, musician and composer Cucco Peña, painter Carmelo Sobrino, and bandleader, musician and composer Miguel Zenón.  Posthumous tributes will honor historian, author and activist Arturo Schomberg, and pioneer choreographer, actress and activist, Sylvia del Villard.

Following last year’s successful awareness campaigns focused on the legacy of poet Julia de Burgos (commemorating the centennial of her birth) and the Oscar López Rivera case (the civil and human rights case that has grabbed the attention of activists internationally), NPRDP will has launched a new campaign in 2015 focused on the environmental, social and economic crisis at Caño Martín Peña, a 3.75 mile-long canal located at the heart of San Juan’s metropolitan area, home to 8 communities with over 25,000 residents.

“Part of the Parade’s mission is to raise awareness about important issues that affect Puerto Rican communities across the board”, Cortés-Vásquez said. “The situation at Caño Martín Peña is very similar to the environmental justice struggles faced by Puerto Rican and Latino communities in the United States.  Our goal is to educate everyone about what is going on, in an objective way”.

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Rita Moreno, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dra. Marta Moreno Vega, Legendaria Cantante de Opera Martina Arroyo y Mas, Encabezan Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño 2015

  • National Puerto Rican Day Parade (Fifth Ave, NYC)

Celebración Cultural en la Quinta Avenida también rendirá homenaje a la Herencia Afro-Antillana y al Estado de Connecticut

Campaña especial para crear conciencia sobre la Justicia Ambiental en el Caño de Martín Peña

11 de mayo del 2015, Nueva York, NY – El Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño (NPRDP por sus siglas en inglés) anunció hoy su listado de homenajeados, temas, eventos e iniciativas especiales, para la próxima celebración anual en la Quinta Avenida.

Rita Moreno, la actriz ganadora de los premios Oscar, Emmy, Grammy y Tony, será la Gran Mariscal del desfile que el 14 de junio congregará a aproximadamente 20,000 marchantes y 2 millones de espectadores. Victor Manuelle, la superestrella de la salsa, será el Rey del Desfile, mientras que el actor y compositor ganador de los premios Emmy, Grammy y Tony, y protagonista y creador del nuevo musical de Broadway “Hamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda, recibirá el reconocimiento “Nuestro Orgullo” por su aportación al teatro musical.

En una conferencia de prensa realizada en la Oficina Regional de Nueva York de la Administración de Asuntos Federales de Puerto Rico (PRFAA en inglés), Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez, presidenta de NPRDP, se unió a la Junta Directiva de la organización para anunciar que el lema “Un Pueblo Muchas Voces”, continuará como tema principal del Desfile. Este año se ha agregado un tema especial conmemorativo, “Celebrando la Herencia Afro-Antillana “, que coincide con la designación de la próxima década como “La Década Internacional de los Afrodescendientes”, por las Naciones Unidas.

Como parte de esta celebración, NPRDP 2015 honrará a Martina Arroyo, la legendaria cantante de ópera, homenajeada por Kennedy Center y fundadora de la Fundación Martina Arroyo; la Dra. Marta Moreno Vega, fundadora del Centro Cultural del Caribe y el Instituto de la Diáspora Africana; la novelista y educadora Mayra Santos-Febres, el músico y compositor Cucco Peña; el pintor Carmelo Sobrino; y el director de orquesta, músico y compositor Miguel Zenón. Se darán homenajes póstumos al historiador, autor y activista Arturo Schomberg, y a la coreógrafa, actriz y activista, Sylvia del Villard.

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