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National Puerto Rican Day Parade dedicated to San Germán

San Germán decorated for the Christmas season. The southwestern island town has been selected for tribute in next year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.

By The Star Staff

San Germán Mayor Virgilio Olivera Olivera expressed gratitude and happiness on Wednesday after learning that the next edition of the well-attended National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City “will be dedicated to all our dear and respected brethren sangermeños.”

Dozens of floats, bands, musical groups, artists and shows, among other celebrants, bring the National Puerto Rican Day Parade to life each year.

“This very important and festive event will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2024 -- in the midst of the great celebration of our ‘450 Years of Founding of the City of San Germán,’ in ‘Las Lomas de Santa Marta,’” the mayor said upon receiving the official letter from Lillian Rodríguez, chairwoman of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade board of directors.

“It is an honor to confirm, on an official basis, that the Board of Directors of the ‘National Puerto Rican Day Parade’ has selected the historic City of San Germán as the municipality to be honored during the 2024 parade,” reads part of the letter, which puts the spotlight on the parade route, New York’s Fifth Avenue.

“We are excited to collaborate with you and all the citizens of San Germán in what is a well-deserved recognition of the ‘City of Las Lomas,’ ‘Cradle of Puerto Rican Basketball,’” Rodríguez added.

As part of the activities associated with the 66th edition of the event, which brings together more than a million people from 44th Street to 79th Street, “Puerto Rican Heritage Week” leads to the traditional “Misa Jíbara,” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, on the night of Friday, June 7, the “Charity Gala” comes to life, whose objective is to raise funds for the entity’s scholarship program, among other large-scale activities.

“We are more than sure that it will be a great celebration of history, identity and culture that will mark everyone’s lives for many years to come,” said the mayor, adding that the motto of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade is “One People, Many Voices.” “The parade honors millions of Puerto Ricans who live between Puerto Rico and various parts of the United States.”

“This is the largest Hispanic cultural event in the United States,” Olivera said. “In San Germán we are more than honored with such an important distinction, for now the eyes of the City are also set on ‘The City of Las Lomas.’”

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