Spectators, performers celebrate National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2024 in Manhattan, NYC

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City aired live on Channel 7 and streamed on the ABC 7 New York on Sunday

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Monday, June 10, 2024
Spectators, performers celebrate Puerto Rican Day Parade 2024 in NYC
Kemberly Richardson has more from Fifth Avenue.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The National Puerto Rican Day Parade took place on Fifth Avenue in New York City in a celebration of culture, history and pride!

The 67th annual event, billed as America's largest celebration of culture, drew hundreds of thousands of people.

This year's theme was "Boricua de Corazón." The phrase translates to Puerto Rican in my heart.

Channel 7 is the proud broadcast partner of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

WABC's David Novarro and Joe Torres hosted the broadcast along with The View's Sunny Hostin, as Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon reported along the parade route. The broadcast was aired on Channel 7 and streamed on abc7NY.

The parade took place from 44th Street to 79th Street along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, in honor of the 3.5 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and over 5 million people residing in the United States.

This year's grand marshal was acclaimed salsa singer Tito Nieves, and this year's godfather, or padrino, was actor Ramon Rodriquez, who stars in ABC's "Will Trent."

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This season saw Will trying to connect with his Puerto Rican roots

Organizers say the two-week extravaganza highlights not only the culture and history, but also shows the resilience of Puerto Rican people.

"We have carefully curated a diverse and distinguished roster of honorees, each one a shining example of the excellence Puerto Ricans have contributed across numerous professions; from music, art, theater, film, and television to sports, science, literature, politics, and journalism," Lillian Rodríguez Lopez, NPRDP Board Chair, said. "We extend a warm invitation to everyone to join us on NYC's Fifth Avenue as we celebrate these outstanding individuals and our collective pride in our heritage and culture under our 2024 theme, Boricua de Corazón."

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New York Yankees newcomer Marcus Stroman was tapped as the Athlete of the Year and will help lead the festivities on June 9.

Other honorees included DJ Frankie Cutlass, actor David Zayas and LGBTQIA civil rights activist Victoria Cruz, among others.

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