Every year, Western New York see’s an increase in the Hispanic population. Newcomers are welcomed with a celebration of their culture and heritage, thanks to the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade. On August 20th, the community celebrated the 14th Annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade. This year’s theme was Representa/Represent.
The Hispanic community includes Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, Cubans, Colombians, and others from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
The parade started in front of Buffalo City Hall, and the participants walked down Niagara Street, ending at Niagara Street and Porter Avenue.
This event is constantly on the rise as we see an increase in participation from year to year. Over 70 organizations were represented at last year’s parade, and even more participated this year. The association asked the Hispanic Community to “…come together to represent their culture, their foods, their music & their dances as we come together and celebrate with pride.”
Managed by the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade Association of WNY, the parade collaborates with local social service and community support organizations. Their mission is to strengthen Western New York, celebrate the history of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community, raise awareness of heritage, promote civic pride, and empower today’s youth. It is inclusive of all persons and communities. The best way to support the community is through knowledge, empowerment, and a commitment to the preservation of heritage. Throughout the years, the events has gained much support and many sponsors including Goya, Theatre of Youth, GM, Wegmans, M&T, GBUAHN, Cricket, Fisher Price, and many more..
The parade is also the parent of the Miss Borinquen Latina Leadership Development Program and the Jr. Grand Marshal Scholarship Program.