The 17th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2012—this year celebrating Puerto Ricans in higher education and dedicated to the town of Guayama—is tomorrow, Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 11:00am to 5:00pm (it is always held on the 2nd Sunday of June). The parade travels on Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets.
The parade’s Grand Marshal is Dr. Félix Matos-Rodríguez, president of Hostos Community College (CUNY) and its official Godfather is Manuel J. Fernós, president of Puerto Rico’s Inter-American University. The parade will feature leading celebrities such as music executive Sal Abbatiello; New York Giants’ Victor Cruz (Athlete of the Year); the NBA’s Carmelo Anthony; radio broadcaster Yoshlie S. García (DJ Bacan Bacan); author and professor Mayra Santos-Febres, and journalist Nilda Rosario, among others.
Deceased Puerto Rican personalities who will be honored include Dr. Ricardo Alegría (1921-2011), known as the “Father of Modern Puerto Rican Archeology”); Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez (1922-2012; the only Puerto Rican Cardinal in history, so far) and legendary singer Ruth Fernández (1919-2012). The Parade will also continue its environmental awareness campaign in partnership with the Sierra Club, and will pay a special tribute to Puerto Rico’s Inter-American University on its 100th Anniversary.
For more information, see www.nationalpuertoricandayparade.org
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