Puerto Rican parade to focus on hurricane
There will be floats, musicians and brightly colored costumes when the Puerto Rican Day Parade makes its way along Fifth Avenue on Sunday, as there always are.
But amid all the fun and celebration, organizers and participants want to keep a spotlight on something serious — that months after Hurricane Maria roared across Puerto Rico, and as the next hurricane season arrives, the U.S. island territory is still struggling.
“This is a year where Puerto Rico has been devastated,” said Louis Maldonado, chairman of the board that oversees the parade and its affiliated events. “We need to keep that part of the conversation.”
Those watching the parade in person will see that in the marching contingents, including one made up of people who are on the U.S. mainland only because they were displaced from their homes on the island, he said. The parade will also honor first responders and others who stepped up to help with emergency efforts and ongoing recovery work.