Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony-winning actress Rita Moreno serves as the Parade's Grand Marshal, leading approximately 20,000 marchers and 2 million spectators June 14. (Salsa superstar Victor Manuelle serves as the Parade's King.)
Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez, president of NPRDP, previously announced 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.
The NPRDP has also launched a new campaign 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 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 in an earlier statement. "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."
The Parade takes place from 11 AM-5 PM on Fifth Avenue, from E. 44th to E. 77th Streets.
For a complete list of honorees and other information, visit nprdpinc.org.