Decades Later, Puerto Rican Parade Returns to Sunset Park

Sunset Park residents who attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan (pictured above) will be able to continue celebrating in their own neighborhood this year. (Photo by Rian Castillo, Creative Commons license)

Sunset Park residents who attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan (pictured above) will be able to continue celebrating in their own neighborhood this year. (Photo by Rian Castillo, Creative Commons license)

Sunset Park hasn’t had its own Puerto Rican Day Parade since the 1980s, but this year’s festivities will finally again be held in the Brooklyn neighborhood after the community organization, El Grito de Sunset Park, received the permit, reports Jaime DeJesus for Home Reporter.

The parade will run from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 to give celebrants the opportunity to also attend the parade in Manhattan.

Like that one, the parade in Sunset Park will also go along Fifth Avenue, specifically at 59th Street.

The day will honor Puerto Rican culture through live music, arts and the Afro-Puerto Rican traditions of Bomba y Plena, as well as the participation of artists, local businesses and community organizations in Sunset Park. “We have a lot of cultural artists’ support by coming, and bands,” said Flores. “It will be like a carnival with lot of colors.”

Flores said he’s gotten an unexpected response, calling the support “humbling.” But securing the permit had been quite a challenge.

Flores elaborates in the full article at Home Reporter.

3 Comments

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  2. Success! Beautiful weather, culture and people. Sunday’s 5th ave parade was perfect!

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