Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bronx represented at Puerto Rican Day Parade

(Photos by Seitu Oronde)

By Verona Forde

On June 11, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. had its gala at the Marriott Marquis. Prior to the gala, the organization had its Puerto Rican Day Parade kick-off launch at Gracie Mansion. Of course, the 53rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 13 is one to the great celebration that took place on 5th Avenue.

During the gala, Madelyn Lugo, the chairperson of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, recognized dignitaries as marshals for the parade and gave them their sashes. Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez was the National Grand Marshal and Congressman Hon. Jose Serrano was the Honorary Marshal. Congressman Luis V. Guiterrez was the Marshal of States and the former Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrion who is now the Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs Policy is the National Ambassador. Hon Anibal Vega Borges was honored and NY State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Ruben Diaz, Jr. said that he was glad to be at the parade and honored to represent an entire community and to celebrate the legacy. As in every year, the floats were phenomenal as well as the performances such as Kat De Luna performing her new single, Push Push.

The rain held off for a beautiful parade without incident. June is not over and there are more island activities to celebrate the richness of the Caribbean. For more information, go to www. caribbeanamericanmonth.org.

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