1.5 million expected to line 5th Avenue for National Puerto Rican Day Parade after 2-year hiatus

NEW YORK — After two years off during the pandemic, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade returns Sunday in New York City. Rain or shine, organizers expect 1.5 million spectators to line Fifth Avenue, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported. It’s the nation’s largest demonstration of cultural pride and, after a two-year pandemic hiatus, the celebration is expected to be bigger and better than ever with booming music, colorful dance and a lot of waving flags. In addition to 38 floats, 150 groups will march down Fifth Avenue led by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, this year’s grand marshal. The 65th annual event honors the culture, arts, achievements and legacies of Puerto Rico and its people.

It’s also steeped in purpose. This year’s cause is climate change, ahead of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island in 2017. Festivities are set to start at 11 a.m. from 43rd Street to 79th. More than two dozen streets are closed, so arrive early and plan accordingly.
Events and parades are taking place throughout NYC this weekend. Plan your travels ahead of time by checking out our traffic advisory. Also, check the map of street closures for the 2022 National Puerto Rican Day Parade this Sunday. https://t.co/ZwVIxMgCP2 pic.twitter.com/ITP7UfO6xK— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 10, 2022

The following streets are closed for the parade:5th Avenue between 44th Street and 86th Street6th Avenue between West 43rd Street and West 49th Street43rd Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue44th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue45th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue46th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue47th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue48th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison AvenueWest 51st Street between Rockefeller Plaza and 5th AvenueWest 58th Street between Grand Army Plaza and 5th AvenueEast 60th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 63rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 64th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 66th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 69th Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 70th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 72nd Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 74th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 79th Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 80th Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 81st Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 82nd Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 83rd Street between 5th Avenue and Park AvenueEast 84th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueEast 85th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison AvenueMadison Avenue between East 43rd Street and East 86th Street
Christina Fan

Christina Fan joined CBS2 News as a general assignment reporter in spring of 2019.