The 2023 Puerto Rican Day parade marches down fifth avenue featuring elected officials and celebrities.
This year's theme is Música, Cultura y Alegría or Music, Culture and Joy. The parade celebrates the achievements of Puerto Rican culture and highlights the issues the Puerto Rican community faces.
One of the most iconic women in Spanish television, Telemundo talk show host Giselle Blondet, who was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, served as grand Marshall, leading the 1.5 miles march up Fifth Ave.
According to CBS News, there were 25,000 people participated in the parade and it’s a reminder of how important to preserve their culture, even if they're not living on the island.
Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, NYC Sheriff Anthony Miranda, and NYC Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell were all present carrying a Puerto Rican flag in their hands.
"We've been there with resources, help, and support, assisting them with climate change and mental health," said Governor Hochul.
Mayor Adams stated, “New York is the San Juan of America, it’s where everything comes together.”
Sierra Lewis, known professionally as Scar Lip, is a Brooklyn rapper who attended the parade.
Earlier this year, Sierra got signed to Epic Records and released her breakout single “This is New York” produced by Scar Lip.
According to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade website, the first parade was held on April 13, 1958, in Spanish Harlem “El Barrio”; the organization found its new home along Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Other cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston also have notable Puerto Rican parades and festivals.