Led by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, this year’s grand marshal, the nation’s largest demonstration of cultural pride expected 1.5 million spectators, and kicked off Sunday morning around 11 a.m. along the iconic Manhattan stretch between 43rd and 79th streets.
“This is a milestone year for the Parade, and our return to Fifth Avenue is yet another sign that NYC and the Puerto Rican community are strong, resilient and as vibrant as ever,” National Puerto Rican Day Parade Board Chair Louis Maldonado said.
Alongside 38 floats, 150 groups marched in celebration of the culture, arts, achievements and legacies of Puerto Rico and its people.
“The 2022 Parade was dedicated to the municipality of Cidra, Puerto Rico,” WABC reports. “Known as the Pueblo de la Eterna Primavera (Town of Eternal Spring), Cidra is located in the central, mountainous region of the island and is home to approximately 40,000 cidreños.”