This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, one of the biggest celebrations in the city during the summer—more than 2 million people are expected to attend this year’s parade, which happens on June 10.
The theme for the parade is “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces” (One Nation, Many Voices), which is intended to “celebrate the creativity and diversity of thought in Puerto Rico and across the diaspora.” That’s reflected in the honorees for this year’s parade, who include musician José Feliciano, baseball legend Edgar Martínez, and famed pop star Ricky Martin, who’ll serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
As ever, the parade will feature marchers—both on foot and on floats—in all manner of colorful costumes, all there to celebrate the heritage of culture of Puerto Rico.
The festivities kick off in Midtown at 11 a.m., and are expected to last until the evening; here’s what you need to know.
When is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade?
The parade happens Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m., and ends at 5 p.m.
Where does the National Puerto Rican Day Parade take place?
The parade is on Fifth Avenue between 42nd and 79th Streets, beginning at the southern end and traveling north on Fifth to the Upper East Side.
What streets will be closed for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade?
The NYPD and DOT have not yet released a list of street closures for the parade, but you can expect those to follow the same set of closures as in years past: most of Fifth Avenue through Midtown and the Upper East Side, as well as side streets.
What does this mean for traffic this weekend?
You know the drill: Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will get messy in Midtown and the Upper East Side. Plan accordingly, and if you plan to attend the parade, use the subway—the MTA’s Weekender app has all the details you need.