Puerto Rican National Day Parade returns to New York’s Fifth Avenue

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — The 65th annual Puerto Rican National Day Parade returned Sunday to New York’s Fifth Avenue for the first time since the pandemic began two years ago.

The nation’s largest display of cultural pride stretched from 43rd Street to 79th Street.

The celebration was broadcast live on WABC-TV, Channel 7, ABC’s affiliate station in Puerto RicoTelecinco (Channel 5), and streamed on abc7NY.com, as well as on the station’s free news and connected TV apps. on Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

The Parade Scholarship Gala fundraiser was held Saturday night at the Central Park Zoo.

Eyewitness News anchor Joe Torres was there.

Since 2014, the NPRDP has awarded over $1.2 million to Puerto Rican students going to college. The Fundraising Gala brings together award winners, community leaders, elected officials and corporate sponsors to celebrate Puerto Rican achievements while supporting students in pursuit of higher education. For tickets, visit NPRDPinc.org/gala. Proceeds from gala ticket sales will benefit the NPRDP scholarship program.

In addition to the gala, the NPRDP is using technology to raise funds for its scholarship program through a collaboration with Mowsse, one of the first independent digital marketplaces for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Mowsse selected the National Puerto Rican National Day Parade Scholarship Fund as its first philanthropic investment.

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US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona served as Grand Marshal.

Cardona, the 12th U.S. Secretary of Education, has dedicated his career to serving students, educators, and families as an elementary teacher, school principal, district administrator, and most recently as a commissioner. to Connecticut State Education.

His focus on equity and excellence for all learners has guided his work at all levels of the education sector, and he has led the federal government’s efforts to help states reopen America’s public schools for the first time. in-person learning amid the pandemic recovery — going from just 46% of schools open when President Joe Biden took office to nearly 100% of schools open today.

Under his leadership, the U.S. Department of Education also distributed historic funding through the U.S. Bailout to support K-12 schools and colleges and awarded more than $13 billion in rebates. student loan.

Cardona earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University as well as a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut. He and his wife Marissa are the proud parents of two children who attend public school.

The 2022 parade was dedicated to the Municipality of Cidra, Puerto Rico. Known as the Pueblo de la Eterna Primavera (City of Eternal Spring), Cidra is located in the central and mountainous region of the island and is home to around 40,000 cidreños. The honored community in the United States will be the Greater Philadelphia area, home to more than 250,000 Puerto Ricans living in communities in Philadelphia, Berks and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania; as well as Camden, Atlantic and Cumberland counties in New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. Additional themes, tributes and individual winners for the 2022 celebration will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Learn more about the parade at nprdpinc.org.

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