As a proud 2015 Rising Social Media Star Honoree, it’s with great honor that I share Puerto Rican Day Parade 2016 Honorees. NBA All Star and philanthropist Carmelo Anthony will join Latin Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ednita Nazario, Grand Marshal of the upcoming 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, to march as Parade King in the upcoming celebration scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, starting at 11am, on Fifth Avenue.
In a press conference held at the New York headquarters of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, chairperson of the Parade, also announced that actress Rosario Dawson will march as Queen 2016. Beloved Puerto Rican Giselle Blondet will march as Parade Godmother. Actor, screenwriter and director Adam Rodriguez will march as Parade Godfather.
This year the Parade will recognize Family Unity, Marriage Equality and LGBT rights; Science, Engineering and Aerospace; and Voter Education and Registration. The 2016 state dedication will go to Florida, the state with the fastest-growing population of Puerto Ricans outside their native island.
“This year, in face of Puerto Rico’s humanitarian and fiscal crisis, and the upcoming national elections, we wanted to recognize the voices, talent and good contributions of Puerto Ricans to all aspects of life. We also seek to emphasize unity, as we work together to identify solutions to the crisis, and encourage voter registration and awareness”, Cortés-Vázquez said.
Lifetime Achievement dedications will go to retired baseball player Candy Maldonado and Salsa music legend Andy Montañez, who will be performing at the Parade’s Gala on Friday, June 10th, and also at the 32nd Annual Salsa Festival at the Barclay’s Center on Saturday, June 11th.
Other honorees and recognitions announced today include:
* Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, ecologist and winner of the Goldman Prize for Environmental Justice (Special Recognition).
* Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz, Olympian, first openly gay boxer (Special Recognition).
* Pedro Julio Serrano, LGBT and human rights advocate (Orgullo Puertorriqueño)
* Jeimy Osorio, Actress (Boricua Superstar)
* Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, comic book artist, Director of Somos Arte (Boricua Destacado)
* Frank Maldonado, entrepreneur, Executive Chef at Sofrito (Ambassador)
* Nilda Rosario, broadcaster, Telemundo 47 (Ambassador)
* Alberto Rullán, broadcaster, Telemundo 47 (Ambassador)
* Joel Santiago, radio personality, X96.3 FM (Ambassador)
* Lynda Baquero, broadcaster, WNBC (Ambassador)
* Lileana Ayende, broadcaster, Univision 41 (Ambassador)
* Maxine Ashley, singer (Ambassador)