Sunset Park Puerto Rican Parade to Recognize María Relief Efforts

The Puerto Rican Day Parade in Sunset Park on June 11, 2017. (Photo by Corazon Aguirre/Brooklyn Media Group via Brooklyn Reporter)

Similar to the main parade in Manhattan, this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in Sunset Park on June 10 will focus on Hurricane María relief efforts, especially those that came from the local community. Brooklyn Reporter’s Jaime DeJesus spoke to Dennis Flores, the founder of El Grito de Sunset Park – the host of the parade – which had spearheaded relief efforts in the aftermath of the hurricane.

“This parade is a pause to see what has been done. We definitely want to give back and recognize this community’s relief effort and what they were able to do,” he said.

“This is what we want to celebrate, recognize and honor. Puerto Ricans from Sunset Park, allies and the rest of our community got together. We have to keep doing this every year. It really is about how to keep community and making sure this isn’t something that gets commercialized like the national parade [in Manhattan] where that sense of community is lost. It should be about the voice of the community and its culture. People gathering for a parade should always be able to present a platform of identity, culture, history, and be at the forefront of what’s happening on the island.”

For more on a documentary on relief efforts, to be released before the parade, and details about the parade and community building efforts, go to Brooklyn Reporter.

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