The 66th edition of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade is dedicated to Aguadilla and will be led by Giselle Blondet as grand marshal.
It’s that time of the year again! Regardless of where you live, all eyes will be on New York City’s Fifth Ave this Sunday, June 11, for the 66th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP), starting at 11 a.m.
This year’s theme is Música, Cultura y Alegría, and is dedicated to the municipality of Aguadilla. Aligned with the recognition of Aguadilla, is a posthumous tribute to legendary Puerto Rican composer and musician Rafael Hernández Marín, who was born in Aguadilla to Afro Puerto Rican parents in 1891. And keeping the tradition of honoring patria extendida community, this year the NPRDP will honor the Puerto Rican community of Los Angeles.
This Year’s Honorees:
Grand Marshal: Giselle Blondet, television personality, actor and author.
Queen: Justina Machado, television and film actor
Madrina: Judy Torres, singer, radio personality and certified life coach
Padrino: Ismael Cruz Córdova, television and film actor
Orgullo Puertorriqueño: Madison Anderson Berríos, model and beauty pageant titleholder
Lifetime Achievement: Chucho Avellanet, singer, comedian, actor, and television personality
Lifetime Achievement: Josie de Guzmán, Tony-nominated musical theater actor and singer
Lifetime Achievement: María Teresa “Tere” Marichal, actor, writer, ventriloquist, playwright, and TV personality
Lifetime Achievement: Jacobo Morales, filmmaker
Lifetime Achievement: Antonio Martorell, painter, graphic artist, and writer
Lifetime Achievement: Angel “Cucco” Peña, composer, arranger, conductor, music director and trumpeter
Lifetime Achievement: Silverio Pérez, musician, comedian, motivational speaker, and TV personality
Hijo de Borinquen: Wilson Nazario, publicist and longtime NRPDP representative in Puerto Rico
Ambassador: Nilda María Comas, sculptor
Ambassador: Luis Carle, artist-photographer
Ambassador: Violeta Galagarza, choreographer and dance company founder
Ambassador: Louis Molina, commissioner, NYC Department of Correction
Ambassador: Luis Salgado, Broadway performer, director, choreographer, and producer
Ambassador: Dr. Ariel Orama, filmmaker, actor, and clinical psychologist
Ambassador: Ana Teresa Toro, journalist and novelist
Ambassador: Dr. Antonio Mignucci, biological oceanographer and veterinary technician
Athlete of the Year: Alelí Medina, surfer
Trailblazer: Omi Hopper, chef and social media influencer
Trailblazer: Ivelissa Ríos, chef, life coach and social media influencer
Trailblazer: Rebeca Nieves Huffman, career coach and social media influencer
Rafael Hernández, composer and musician
Marisol Malaret, Puerto Rico’s first Miss Universe winner, television host
Antonia Pantoja, PhD, educator, social worker, organizer, prolific author, and activist
Tito Puente, percussionist, composer, and bandleader
Tito Rodríguez, singer and bandleader
Where to Watch the Parade
If you can’t be among the 1 million people expected to line the 35-block-long procession up Fifth Ave. to watch the parade, you can watch it on WABC Channel 7 in New York at noon, streamed on the station’s website, abc7NY.com, and on the station’s free news and connected TV apps on Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku. For more information about the Parade and a full calendar of events, visit www.nprdpinc.org.