The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York Association announces its new members for 2017

Buffalo, NY - The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York Association announces its new members for 2017, following elections that took place in November of 2020. The board now has a new President and a new Secretary.

Charles Torres- President

Erika Espinosa, Parade Secretary

The following members were also appointed by the President to the various committees that are vital to the success of the parade organization.

Richard Morrisroe, Parade Chair

Luis Santos, Park Chair

Alexia Guzman, Miss Borinquen Leadership Program Chair

John Starkey, WNY Students Coordinator


The newly elected and appointed members will be joining the current members -

Yolanda Martinez-Rodriguez, Vice President 

Crystal Rodriguez, Co-Vice President

Alexander Sarabia, Treasurer

Octavio Villegas, Sgt-At-Arms

Francisco Guzman, Jr. Grand Marshal Program Chair

The Parade would like to extend a warm welcome to its new Board and Committee members. We are expecting 2017 to be an exciting, but very busy year as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary.   This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, August 19th, with music and events at the park, Friday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 20, 2017.   In the next few months the parade will be meeting to discuss selection of the 2017 Grand Marshal, Parade Theme, etc. We encourage our community to join us at our meetings. Meeting dates and times are always posted on the parade website and Facebook page. As our organization continues to grow we are always in need of help. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the parade committee, please feel free to email us at . You can also visit us at Please go to the Committees & Forms tab.

For information on parade participation, contact us at 716-310-8644 or email Additionally, we have sponsorship opportunities available; please contact Yolanda Martinez-Rodriguez at 716-697-4698.  Let’s make this a great year!

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