The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York Association invites everyone to the 13th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony to be held Thursday, September 3rd at 12 noon in front of Buffalo City Hall. The Association sponsors events that are celebrations inclusive of all Hispanics. This year’s theme is “Orgullo De Nuestras Raíces/Proud of our Roots”. This theme will touch the hearts of everyone in our Hispanic Community as we all come together to celebrate and take pride in our various cultures. Robert “Bob” Unanue, Goya President has been named the 2015 Grand Marshal. The Unanue family has not only made Goya a household name in all our homes, it is a family that has given so much to our community. We thank Bob for his abundant support and being a part of our community as he continues to grow the legacy of his family. Tamara O. Alsace, Evelyn Pizarro, Jose C. Pizarro and Blanca Rodriguez have been named the 2015 Honorary Hosts, for their dedication and passion as long-standing community advocates through-out Western New York. At this year’s Flag Raising Ceremony, we will also be recognizing Linda A. Pellegrino, of WKBW Channel 7 with a Community Service Award. Linda has been a great supporter of our events and the Miss Borinquen Leadership Development Program.
In preparation for the 13th annual parade, flags will be placed along Niagara Street (Avenida San Juan), the parade route, encouraging pride through-out the Hispanic community. Representatives from several countries will hand their flags to the City of Buffalo for placement along the route.
The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 1pm in front of Buffalo City Hall. We are very excited to include in this year’s parade John “the Quietman” Ruiz, The Puerto Rican Heavy Weight Champion. John will be marching with us and signing autographs at the park all day Saturday. In addition to our parade, the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY and WNY Hispanic American Veteran Memorial will collaborate to hold their 4th Annual 5K Run & Family Walk at 12:00pm preceding our parade.
Activities will start the evening of Friday, September 11 with great food, free concert and fun rides by Empire Amusement Rides at LaSalle Park, on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront. The amazing singing artist, Brenda K. Starr will perform Saturday evening, September 12th, as well as a Mexican Mariachi band. In partnering with Amor and Heritage, S-Kalona, a Colombian Vallenato band will also perform on Saturday, September 12th. On Sunday we will have dancers, entertainers and bands performing through-out the day including Cojunto Ecos Borincanos, Amor & Heritage Dance Company and the local outstanding band LaKrema. To close out this year’s parade events concert series on Sunday, we will also have the great tropical salsero singer, Frankie Negron. There will be fun events for children, teens and families all day Saturday and Sunday!!
For information on parade participation, contact us at 716-310-8644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we still have sponsorship opportunities available; please contact Yolanda Martinez-Rodriguez at 716-697-4698. Please visit our web site www.prhdp.org for further details of this year’s parade.
Panorama Hispano News is proud sponsor of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade.