NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade was held in Spanish Harlem
in Manhattan in 1958, and from its humble beginnings the parade grew
to reflect not only a growing number of New Yorkers
of Puerto Rican descent, but an increased pride in the culture and tradition of Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican Day parade - best viewing
The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to
79th Street and includes delegates from various towns of Puerto
Rico and U.S. states across the country. Arrive early! The crowds to this annual street party are enormous as Puerto Ricans come out to celebrate their heritage -- along with New Yorkers of every stripe happily joining in the fun at Manhattan's most festive street party.
If arriving from Grand Central, simply make your way several blocks to Fifth Avenue to find a spot along "parade central" in the 40's to 50's block area.
Bring a bottle of water, snacks, and a small tote chair if you're going to be standing for several hours in one spot. Wear your Puerto Rican flag button or T-shirt with pride, wave at the parade marchers and performers ...and have fun!
For couch potatoes who prefer to stay home, the spectacle annually receives the highest
local Nielsen ratings for stations in the New York area when
it is televised for three hours on local channel FOX 5 with afternoon coverage on WOR Channel 9. The parade and related events can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube.
Puerto Rican Day Parade - Good overview from Wikipedia with a complete history of the New York parade, list of famous performers, information on this year's celebration, related resources & news stories.