Puerto Rican Day Parade NYC: Festive New Yorkers took to Fifth Avenue

Puerto Rican Day Parade NYC: Festive New Yorkers took to Fifth Avenue

The 61st annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade kicked off on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, bringing the celebration of the Caribbean island to the streets of New York City.

This year’s parade had extra significance for many New Yorkers, coming just months after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. Politicians including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer participated in the parade, which is honored Brooklyn-born actor Esai Morales, baseball players Jorge Posada and Carlos Beltrán, and singers Ismael Miranda and Lucecita Benítez.

Scroll down for photos from the festivities:

amNY.com staff