NBA All Star and philanthropist Carmelo Anthony will join Latin Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ednita Nazario, Gran Marshal of the upcoming 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, to march as Parade King in the upcoming celebration scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, starting at 11am, on Fifth Avenue.
In a press conference held at the New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, chairperson of the Parade, also announced that actress Rosario Dawson will march as Parade Queen 2016. Actor, screenwriter and director Adam Rodriguez will march as Parade Godfather.
This year the Parade will recognize Family Unity, Marriage Equality and LGBT rights; Science, Engineering and Aerospace; and Voter Education and Registration. The 2016 state dedication will go to Florida, the state with the fastest-growing population of Puerto Ricans outside our native island.
Lifetime Achievement dedications will go to retired baseball player Candy Maldonado and Salsa music legend Andy Montañez, who will be performing at the Parade’s Gala on Friday, June 10th, and also at the 32nd Annual Salsa Festival at the Barclays Center on Saturday, June 11th.
The Parade Committee also announced that it will join the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, Puerto Rico Para Tod@s and LGBT Puerto Rico, to co-sponsor LGBT Ricans: El Encuentro, Beyond Marriage Equality; a panel with government officials and LGBT Puerto Rican activists. The event will take place on Saturday, June 11th, 11am to 5pm at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 Third Avenue at E. 119th Street. Speakers will include San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and actress Johanna Rosaly.
At Tuesday’s press conference, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez unveiled the cover of a new comic book series based on a new character named “La Borinqueña”, born out of financial crisis to unify community and engage youth through the appeal of graphic novels. The Parade’s Board worked with Miranda-Rodriguez to develop the new superhero character. Some characters in the series are based on real-life prominent figures in Puerto Rican history. The Board endorsed the character and comic book series concept, as it is an additional strategy for engaging the youth and other new audiences to continue educating about Puerto Rican culture, historical figures and issues being faced by the community.
National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2016 Events: 1st Annual Gold Outing (Check ticket-office), Monday, May 23, 2016, 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM; Annual Presentation of Scholarships & Educational Leadership Awards, Honoring Dr. Juanita Diaz-Cotto, Raquel García, Sonia Manzano, and others TBA (by invitation only), Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:00 PM; 152nd Street Cultural Festival, Saturday, May 28, 2016, 152nd Street and Jackson Avenue, Bronx, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; The Guardians of Loisaida – Exhibit opening, honoring artist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator of the comics series “The Guardians of Loisaida,” by Marvel. Saturday, May 28, 2016, The Loisaida Center, 710 East 9th Street, Lower Manhattan, 1:00 PM; Annual Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Sunday, June 5, 2016, 51st Street and Fifth Avenue, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Gala and Banquet in Benefit of Scholarship Fund, Featuring a special appearance by Andy Montañez (Ticket holders only), Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:00 PM; 32nd New York Salsa Festival Featuring Andy Montañez, Saturday, June 11, 2016 Barclays Center, Brooklyn 8:00 PM.
The 59th edition of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, Sunday June 12, starting at 11am. The event will be carried live for the first time through WABC-TV (Channel 7 in NYC) and streamed online at www.abc7.ny.com. The live cast will begin at 12pm through 4pm. For more information about the Parade, participant applications, Scholarship Fund and other data, visit www.nprdpinc.org.