The Parade Participants
The history of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade is one of cultural awareness, resilience, pride, unity, and education, rooted in the spirit of activism, freedom, and justice. We are proud that this legacy remains alive and strong today, six decades after the Parade’s founders first marched in New York City, in 1958.
We welcome groups interested in participating in the celebration to form contingents and submit a participant application form so that all can lend their voices to celebrating our culture and heritage while collectively shining a light on the issues and challenges that are impacting Puerto Rico and our people. This is an opportunity to act in solidarity and speak with a unified voice while celebrating our community’s achievements and contributions to our global society.
Apply for your contingent and/or float by May 10, 2019:
Dimensions: 8′ x 26′ x 12′
Decoration (basic trim)
Basic, in-house signage
Note: Custom vinyl banners and graphics available for an additional $1,500.
Dimensions: 8′ x 28 ‘x 13’
Decoration (special construction)
Note: Sponsors will be notified should requested design exceed the budget allocated for the custom float.
All contingents that would like to participate in the Parade must fill out a Parade application. On the application there is a section where you would indicate whether your contingent would like to purchase a float. Once you fill out the application and pay the registration and float fee, you will be contacted by the Parade to discuss your float request.
The maximum measurements for floats are 8 feet wide, 32 feet long and 13 feet high.
The Parade works with designated float vendors. Once the contingent pays for the float, the contingent will be referred to their designated float vendor to discuss their design. The float vendor, in collaboration with the contingent, will design the float (cost restrictions apply).
The purpose of the Parade is to celebrate the culture, history and accomplishments of the Puerto Rican community. The float should be an expression of that purpose. Float designs that only promote or advertise an organization, group, business or corporation will not be allowed into the Parade. All advertising and promotions on floats must be accompanied by designs that promote the purpose of the Parade. This rule will be enforced. Contingents that do not comply with this rule will not be allowed to participate in the Parade.
The floats only include the float, driver and design. It is the contingent’s responsibility to rent or pay for generators, DJs or live music.
Contingents cannot throw promotional items from the float into the crowd, but contingents can walk alongside the right and left side of the float and hand promotional items to people in the crowd.