Celebrate Puerto Rican Pride Virtually

BY AMANDA MOSES


The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) in New York City has been canceled due to COVID-19; however, the celebrations will continue virtually and consist of televised appearances.

Here are few virtual sites where you can celebrate National Puerto Rican Day:

  • Check out ABC’s 90-minute show, featuring Hispanic stars and community leaders. In addition, the show will also serve as a fundraiser for the NPRDP’s scholarship fund, which for four years has awarded$200,000 to select high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors of Puerto Rican descent. The show will air on Sunday, June 14 at 12 pm. To learn more about the virtual celebration visit: https://www.nprdpinc.org/
  • You can also check out the Virtual Puerto Rican Parade’s Facebook Page for updates, video messages, and other information all morning on June 14th. Visit https://www.facebook.com/VPRP2020/
  • Explore the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s exhibit, “Nuyorican”: The History of Puerto Rican Migration to NYC online at savingplaces .org/stories/becoming-nuyorican-history-puerto-rican-migration-nyc#.XuEZMkVKiUk You can learn about cultural landmarks such as the Nuyorican Poets Café or behind the scenes information on the film West Side Story, which is a Romeo and Juliet spin on the racial tension between Puerto Ricans and Caucasians.
  • Travel to Puerto Rico virtually, where you can immerse yourself into the Common Wealth’s culture and music through online salsa lessons, cooking demonstrations, (such as making Arroz con Pollo”) and discover the forests and caves throughout the land. Visit www.discover puertorico.com/virtual-vacay for more information and fun.