Sunday, June 14, 2015

Breaking News: 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 L-R: Board Members Rosa J. Gutierrez, Ululy Rafael Martinez, Maria Cristina Marrero and Orlando Plaza. 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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NPRDP 2015 Participant Applications Available Through April 30th


March 26th, 2015, New York City – The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is calling on community organizations and other institutions, to submit applications to march in the historic event scheduled for Sunday, June 14th, 2015, on Fifth Avenue.  Applications deadline is Thursday, April 30th, 2015. Organizations that qualify to march are not-for-profit, government, military, unions, business, and non-affiliated community groups.  Registration fees vary according to each organization’s type and size, raging from $50 to $500.

“One of our priorities is to ensure that marching in the Parade remains accessible for organizations of all types and sizes that represent the diversity of voices in the Puerto Rican community. We take pride in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade being one of the most inclusive and open cultural events in the nation”, said Ululy Rafael Martinez, Vice-Chair of NPRDP.

Application requirements include:

• All organizations must submit a list of all people to participate in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade with their name, address and telephone number along with this application.

• No marcher is allowed to enter the Parade route without authorized wristband.

• All participants must promote Puerto Rican heritage, culture and pride with the exception of participants representing other cultures.

• The use of the Puerto Rican flag as part of an outfit or clothing will not be allowed and the use of the flag to decorate a float must be done in a respectable and dignified manner. Flags with symbols will not be allowed.

• No political or electoral advertisement or signs may be displayed by any contingent.

Applicants must submit a complete registration form, applicable fee, proof of organizational income (required to verify applicable fee), and the history of the applicant organization.  Upon the application’s approval, each group will be allowed to bring a maximum of 50 marchers. Additional fees apply for floats (standard or custom), vehicles, and delegations larger than 50 individuals.

To download the 2015 Participant Application, the entire Parade Rules,
Regulations and Requirements, and fee-scales, the public can

The application, rules and requirements can also be accessed directly
via short link The application is also
available in Spanish.

Completed applications, with applicable fees and supporting documents,
should be mailed no later Thursday, April 30th, 2015, to or PO Box 975, New York NY 10272.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2015 will take place on Sunday, June
14th, 11:00am to 5:00pm, along Fifth Avenue from E. 44th to E. 79th Street.

The parade will be dedicated to Afro-Puerto Rican Heritage, and Añasco Township, a tourist destination in Western Puerto Rico. This year’s theme will remain “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces”, to represent the diversity that encompasses the Puerto Rican community worldwide.

Other 2015 honorees and dedications will be announced in upcoming weeks.

Download Press Release English | En Español


Special thanks for your contributions to the 2014 National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The NPRDP Board would like to extend a heart felt thank you to the following people for their time and commitment dedicated to the 2014 Parade:

Teresa Santiago
Leticia Rodriguez
Rafael Merino Cortes
Monse Torres
Janice Torres
Tato Torres
Erica González
Norberto Alvarado
Positive Work force
Frank Medina
Congressional Gold Medal Association
Mark Bracero
Dr. Aida Rosa
Dr. Lillian Hernandez
Mayor of Guanica, PR Santos Seda “Papichy” Otorgó
Mayor of Anasco, PR Hon. Jorge Esteves Martinez
Herber Celi —Talent PA
Anthony Ferro—Graphic PA
Janice Garcia— Producer
Orlando Lee Rodriguez- Producer
Jenny Ramirez—Editor