National Puerto Rican Day Parade makes its way through Midtown

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
62nd annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- The 62 annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade marched up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday.

Millions of spectators lined the streets with full Puerto Rican pride to celebrate the culture and its contributions.

The event has grown to become the largest demonstration of ethnic and cultural pride in New York City. It is one of the largest parades in the country.

This year's grand marshal, singer Ricky Martin, was celebrated alongside his foundation, which fights human trafficking.

As New York City marks Pride Month, the parade is paying posthumous tribute to Sylvia Rivera, an LGBTQ rights activist who took part in the Stonewall rebellion 50 years ago this month.

Others honored in the parade themed "One People, Many Voices" included singers La India and José Feliciano, golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez and baseball player Edgar Martinez.

The parade also those who have been involved in rebuilding the island after Hurricane Maria.

Dalila Zapata Hernandez, the first Puerto Rican model with Down syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week, was also honored.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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