39th Peoples Parade

Download the 2017 Puerto Rican People’s Parade Packet here.


Dear Merchants and Friends,

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer is proudly celebrating the 39th Annual Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Division St. -Paseo Boricua. (1978-2017)

This year the Parade is dedicated to

El Retorno del Patriota a Su Barrio, Celebrando 50 Años Forjando Comunidad y Forjando Patria.”

On January 17, 2017 then President Barack Obama, granted Patriot Oscar López Rivera clemency after 35 years of a nation’s outcry for his release. On May 17, 2017, Oscar López Rivera will officially be free.

Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rico’s National Hero, will finally walk among the community he was a pioneer in building. In 1981 Oscar López Rivera was convicted of seditious conspiracy to 55 years imprisonment for his belief in wanting independence for Puerto Rico. Over 35 years of incarceration have not deterred his spirit in wanting an independent Puerto Rico. His sacrifice has united a nation to recognize the colonial status of Puerto Rico and demand his freedom. Public figures such as Pope Francis I, Nobel Peace winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulin Soto Cruz, Ricky Martin, Réne Peréz and most recently Lin-Manuel Miranda, among many others have denounced his incarceration and finally, the long awaited day has arrived. On Saturday, June 17, we will rejoice in his presence and greet him as the symbol of hope he represents to Puerto Ricans everywhere; also remembering our beloved, departed Jonathan Rivera Lizardi, Oscar López Rivera’s biggest fan.

Celebrate Oscar Lopez Rivera’s momentous return to El Barrio!

You can be part of this historical event in the following ways:

  • Join the parade as a participant,
  • Purchase an ad in the Parade edition of La Voz del Paseo Boricua,
  • Donate to the Parade, (all donations are tax exempt). Details in the parade packet.
  • Make a donation to the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, check out La Voz del Paseo Boricua Community Newspaper for full details.

Please join us as we celebrate the 39th Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Saturday, June 17, 2017 on Division St. (Paseo Boricua) at 2:00pm alongside our long awaited Compañero and Grand Marshal, Oscar López Rivera.

Thank you for your support,

Leony Calderón

Puerto Rican People’s Parade Coordinator

Important documents:

Peoples Parade Packet 2016

Parade Entry Application 2016 H


38 Years in the Making – Latest News

Celebrated since 1978, this Parade showcases Puerto Rican art, culture and music without the adulterated depictions traditional ethnic parades undergo as a result of commercialization. The Puerto Rican People’s Parade, in a celebratory and carnival-like environment, frames the Puerto Rican cultural experience within the language of social criticism and the discourse of possibilities. The Puerto Rican People’s Parade is held annually to coincide with the celebration of the official Puerto Rican Day Parade. It is always programmed several hours after the downtown parade, in order to complement it, and not compete with it.

During 38th Puerto Rican Peoples Parade:

* Nancy Franco Maldonado's life Celebrated * Orlando Victims Remembered * 50th Anniversary of Division St. Riot Commemorated * Oscar López Rivera's freedom Demanded Thousands of people gathered on Paseo Boricua on Saturday, June 18, 2016 to celebrate the life of our very own Nancy Franco Maldonado- who posthumously served as the 2016 Grand Marshal; to remember the victims of the Orlando, Florida massacre under the slogan "Con Orgullo y Duelo"; to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Division Street Riots of 1966. The Parade was led by Ald. Roberto Maldonado and Nancy's family, and included a large contingent of people in solidarity with those massacred in Orlando and demanding the ...
Read More

37th Puerto Rican Peoples Parade: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Steel Flags, the Baseball Leagues and Cocineros Unidos de Humboldt Park

By Erika Abad, Puerto Rican Cultural Center Saturday's heat and mugginess did not keep Puerto Ricans from standing in line to show their support. As early as 11:30 AM, despite the parade starting at 2 PM, residents and other Puerto Ricans were setting out their lawn chairs and coolers to get front row seating for the parade. By the time the parade would start at 2:10, from storefront to gate, Puerto Ricans, Latinos and community residents stood watching floats from community organizations like the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, AfriCaribe and ASPIRA to political contingents like 1st ward alderman, Joe Moreno, 26th ward Alderman, Roberto Maldonado, and the National Boricua ...
Read More

American Heart Association Supports Parade Efforts!

On June 13th, the PRCC received a donation of 25 cases of water from Fil Mendez Guipoco (Health Equity Director) and Lyzeth M. Mondragon (Administrative Associate) from the American Heart Association to assist in this year's Puerto Rican People's Day Parade & Festival. Because of their support, we were able to provide bottled water to 600 partakers, volunteers, and community residence that participated in the parade. The Puerto Rican People's Day Parade was a huge success, in part due to their help. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center appreciates the contribution that was made and would like to thank Fil Mendez Guipoco and Lyzeth M. Mondragon for their generosity ...
Read More

Diabetes Empowerment Center and Muevete Present! at People’s Parade

The Greater Humboldt Park Community Diabetes Empowerment Center's Muévete Physical Activity Program, ¡Dijo Presente!  The Sun shined on us Saturday, June 14, 2014, as we celebrated along with community the 36th annual and 2nd United Puerto Rican People's Parade. Participants, staff, instructors and volunteers showed their beautiful smile while waving the Puerto Rican Flag Parading down Division street in Humboldt Park, and the crowd responded with chants and cheers while weaving proudly the Puerto Rican flags. It was truly a day of pride and celebration on Division St. Join us for Health Education classes: Nutrition Education, Food Demonstrations, Diabetes Prevention and Medication Education.  Muévete: Dance-aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, seasonal ...
Read More

El Rescate Youth and Staff Represent at People’s Parade!

  El Rescate and it's youth represented well at this years 2nd United Puerto Rican People's Parade. No matter their ethnicity, everyone celebrated with pride. What a beautiful turn out! The weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic time. We could have asked for a better day ...
Read More