This year’s National Puerto Rican Day parade was a sunny one with thousands of revelers lined up and marching down Fifth Avenue.
In its 62nd year, the parade honored singer, actor and philanthropist Ricky Martin as Grand Marshal, in part for the work of his eponymous nonprofit, the Ricky Martin Foundation, which aims to combat human trafficking. Other honorees included La India, known as “La Princesa de la Salsa,” musician and “Feliz Navidad” songwriter José Feliciano, golfer Chi-Chi Rodríguez — the first Puerto Rican inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame — champion boxer and MMA fighter Amanda Serrano and transgender actress Mj Rodriguez, who stars in the FX series “Pose.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said last week that the parade offers another chance to send a message to the federal government, as well as the Democratic candidates vying for their party’s nomination, that Puerto Rico “needs to be part of the conversation.”
Scroll down to see scenes from the parade.