Chita Rivera, Tony Orlando to Headline National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2013
The 2013 State dedication was granted to Rhode Island, also known as "The Ocean State". The 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award was granted to Dr. Aida Rosa, retired principal of Public School 30, for her work and legacy in education advocacy and administration for over 50 years.
The Parade is also celebrating the anniversary of three pillar institutions for the Puerto Rican community: El Diario/La Prensa, the nation's longest-publishing Spanish Daily Newspaper (Celebrating its 100th Anniversary), Hostos Community College(45th Anniversary), and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (40th Anniversary).
The 2013 Puerto Rican hometown dedication was granted toGuayanilla, also known as "Fishermen's Villa/Villa de Pescadores", marking the 180th anniversary of its foundation. With a population of 21,581 residents, Guayanilla is a tourist attraction in southern Puerto Rico.
The parade will begin at 11:00am on 44th Street, making its way north along Fifth Avenue to 79th Street. The event will air live on Fox 5/MY9 in the Tri-State area, and in Puerto Rico throughWIPR, San Juan's Channel 6 (Puerto Rico Network). A delayed telecast will be seen in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Colombia, among other countries.