The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is an annual event that takes place along Fifth Avenue in New York City. The event is held on the second Sunday of June, honoring the 3.2 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and all people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage living in the United States. The Parade route stretches from Fifth Avenue to 44th Street to 86th Street and has become one of the largest Parades in the United States, with over 4 million participants in the 2007 event.
History with the Macy's Parade
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in the reimagined 2020 Parade. The group was selected after the COVID-19 pandemic caused many historical and cultural Parades to be cancelled, including the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
“We are thrilled to showcase Bomba and Puerto Rican culture at this beloved event that officially kicks off the holiday season in the U.S.,” said NPRDP Board Chair, Louis Maldonado. “We are beyond excited to represent Puerto Rican culture and celebrate our contributions to American culture and iconography, while helping to uplift the hearts of the Macy’s Parade’s 50 million viewers.”
The group was represented by Danza Fiesta, a New York-based Puerto Rican dance company, through a number honoring the annual celebration of Saint James, which hails from Loíza, Puerto Rico and featured the island’s Taíno Indian, African and Spanish roots in a vibrant display of dance and music.