Puerto Rican Day Parade Puerto Ricans have been marching down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue every second Sunday of June since 1957. This year, the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible for it to take place. Instead, a TV special will serve to commemorate the popular festivity this year.
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This year will be the first time in the 63 years of existence of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade the event won’t be taking place at Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

New York — While this year will mark the first time ever the emblematic National Puerto Rican Day Parade won’t take place — since its first edition in 1957 — due to the pandemic, the organizers and board of directors made sure the Puerto Rican diaspora — an those on the island — who traditionally follow the parade could still celebrate tomorrow. Here’s where to watch the official commemorative TV special instead.

The 90-minute community celebration will be hosted by WABC-TV anchors Joe Torres and David Novarro along with Sunny Hostin, co-host of “The View.”

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There will be special appearances from community leaders like Luis Miranda, Jr. as well as Puerto Rican beloved Broadway sensation, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Rosie Pérez, Esaí Morales, Gilberto Santa Rosa, La India, Victor Manuelle, Ivonne Coll, Pedro Capó, Anthony Ramos, Ariana DeBose, Kany García, are also confirmed to be part of the televised special.

“The Parade is more than a celebration of pride and culture. It’s a platform for preserving our heritage while advancing our community by informing on important issues and promoting educational achievement,” said Louis Maldonado, board chair for the NPRDP Board of Directors on a press release. “Given the profound impact COVID-19 has had on New York and communities across the nation, and with Puerto Rico still grappling with incessant earthquakes and its own COVID19-related pause, the Parade Board agrees it’s critically important to continue the Parade’s legacy while celebrating our resilience.”

Where to Watch the Parade?

The National Puerto Rican Parade Board of Directors in partnership with WABC-TV — Channel 7 in New York — announced the special will air on Sunday, June 14 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST, as follows:

For the first time ever, National Puerto Rican Day Parade programming will air in the San Francisco Bay area on ABC7/KGO-TV, at 2:00 p.m. PST, as well as on ABC5 WORA-TV — Channel 5 — in Puerto Rico at noon EST.

The stream will also be available on the websites of the ABC Owned Television stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Raleigh/Durham, and Fresno.

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