66th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade proudly marches down streets of Manhattan

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Monday, June 12, 2023
National Puerto Rican Day Parade brings culture, celebration to NYC
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade marched up New York's Fifth Avenue. Kemberly Richardson has the report.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The National Puerto Rican Day Parade marched up New York's Fifth Avenue on Sunday, in one of the United States largest cultural celebrations with an estimated attendance of one million people.

From Midtown to the Upper East Side, the celebration shines a light on all aspects of Puerto Rico.

Mayor Eric Adams, the Police Commissioner and Governor Kathy Hochul were all there, pointing out the strong bond between New York and the island.

"We've been there with resources, help and support, helping them with climate change, but also mental health," said Gov. Hochul.

Politics aside, this was also a big party.

There are those who make it a point to attend each and every year, and there are those who just so happen to stumble upon the electric affair.

You can watch the parade, filled with fabulous floats and festive participants, here.

ABC 7 New York is your home for the 66th National Puerto Rican Day Parade. WABC-TV is proud to be a broadcast partner of the parade.

Leading the procession as Grand Marshal was television personality, actor, and author Giselle Blondet, who is recognized as one of the most iconic figures on Spanish-language television.

Joining Blondet in the procession and representing the Puerto Rican communities in both Los Angeles and Chicago, will be actor Justina Machado as Queen.

Marching as Madrina, or Godmother, was singer, radio personality, and certified life coach Judy Torres.

And joining her as Padrino, or Godfather, was television and film actor, Ismael Cruz Córdova, who came onto the national scene playing the role of Mando in "Sesame Street."

Watch the 2023 National Puerto Rican Day Parade- Full Event

National Puerto Rican Day Parade - 06/11/23

Other parade honorees announced at Tuesday's press conference included:

-Orgullo Puertorriqueño: Madison Anderson Berríos - 2023 winner of Telemundo's La Casa de los Famosos and 1st Runner-up at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant

-Ambassador: Luis Carle - Critically acclaimed artist-photographer

-Ambassador: Violeta Galagarza - Award-winning Choreographer and founder of the dance company "Keep Rising to the Top"

-Ambassador: Louis Molina - Commissioner, NYC Department of Correction

-Ambassador: Luis Salgado - Broadway performer, director, choreographer, and produce

This year's theme was Música, Cultura y Alegría or Music, Culture and Joy.

"The NPRDP Board selected this theme because these words embody the essence of the 2023 celebration, and they encapsulate the tributes and honorees we will recognize during the Parade and related events," says Louis Maldonado, NPRDP Board member and former Board Chair. "We encourage everyone in our community to join us on Fifth Avenue on June 11, and we hope this theme will inspire all participants as they plan their float designs and presentations for a festive demonstration of Boricua pride and achievement."

In April, parade organizers revealed additional honorees who will be recognized for lifetime achievement:

-Singer, comedian, actor and television personality Chucho Avellanet

-Tony-nominated musical theater actress and singer Josie de Guzmán

-Pioneer of Puerto Rican cinematography Jacobo Morales

-Actress, writer, ventriloquist, playwright and television personality María Teresa "Tere" Marichal

-Accomplished painter, graphic artist and writer Antonio Martorell

-Multiple Grammy- and Emmy-award winning composer, arranger, conductor, music director, trumpeter Angel "Cucco" Peña

-Musician, comedian, motivational speaker, comedian and television personality Silverio Pérez.

-Ambassador: Nilda Maria Comas - Multiple award-winning Master Sculptor

-Trailblazer: Omallys Hopper - Chef, contestant on "Next Level Chef" and social media influencer

-Athlete of the Year: Alelí Medina - ISA Para Surfing Gold Medalist (visually impaired category)

-Ambassador: Dr. Antonio Mignucci - Biological oceanographer and veterinary technician

-Trailblazer: Rebeca Nieves Huffman - Career coach and social media influencer

-Ambassador: Dr. Ariel Orama - Award-winning filmmaker, actor and clinical psychologist

-Trailblazer: Ivelissa Rios - Chef, life coach and social media influencer

-Ambassador: Ada Torres Toro - Accomplished journalist and novelist

This year's posthumous honorees include:

-Tito Puente - Grammy Award-winning percussionist, composer and bandleader

-Tito Rodríguez - Legendary singer and bandleader

-Marisol Malaret - Puerto Rico's first Miss Universe winner, television host

-Antonia Pantoja, PhD - educator, social worker, organizer, prolific author, and activist


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