Peoples Parade


The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer is proudly celebrating the 38th annual Puerto Rican
People’s Parade on Division St. -Paseo Boricua. (1978-2016)

This year the Parade is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Puerto Rican Parade of Chicago (1966-2016) and the Divisions Street Puerto Rican Rebellion of 1966.

On June 12, 1966, the first Puerto Rican Parade of Chicago took place in Downtown organized by the Caballeros de San Juan. On that same day, the Chicago police shot a young Puerto Rican man which lead to the Division Street Riots of 1966- lasting almost three days.

In the 1960’s the Puerto Rican people faDSC_2715ced high levels of discrimination, poor education, displacement, poverty and exclusion. The police shooting of that young man provoked convulsions in the Puerto Rican community, in such a dramatic way, that it resulted in the rebellion of 1966. This uprising, by the Puerto Rican people, focused much needed attention by the City of Chicago and elected officials who then began to take notice. Following the riots, Puerto Rican leaders organized meetings and forums to address community problems head on. This eventually lead to the establishment of organizations and institutions such as: the Spanish Action Committee of Chicago, the Young Lords Organization, ASPIRA of Illinois, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, Spanish Coalition for Housing; Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, El Rincón, José de Diego Bilingual Center the opening of Roberto Clemente High School, Proyecto Pa’lante at NEIU, LARES at UIC, the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican HS among

1966 was a turning point for the Puerto Rican community; a tragedy became the birth of opportunities and achievements. Please join us as we celebrate these milestones.

You can engage in the parade in the following ways:
• Purchase an ad in the insert of La Voz Parade special edition,
• Join the parade as a participant
• Donate to the Parade, (all donations are tax exempt). See parade packet for more details.

Please join us as we celebrate the 38th Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Saturday, June 18, 2016 on Division St. (Paseo Boricua) at 2:00pm.

We will posthumously honor a daughter of the community, Nancy Maldonado Franco, whose father Hector Franco, was one of the pioneers with our Patriot Oscar López Rivera, Mirta Ramírez and others, in spear- heading the community organizing efforts which initiated the rebirth of our community, turning it into the most vibrant center of Puerto Ricanness in the US.

Thank you for your support,
Leony Calderón
PRCC- People’s Parade Coordinator

Important documents:

Peoples Parade Packet 2016

Parade Entry Application 2016 H


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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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