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,
Puerto Rican People’s Parade Coordinator
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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.
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