Come on out and enjoy the FREE Puerto Rican People’s Parade this Saturday, when Puerto Rican community celebrates with this annual parade, which passes beneath the giant steel Puerto Rican flag that spans Division Street. Please join in as they celebrate the 39th Puerto Rican People’s Parade on Saturday, June 17, 2017 on Division St. (Paseo Boricua) at 2:00pm alongside the long awaited Compañero and Grand Marshal, Oscar López Rivera. After heading west, the parade spills into Humboldt Park for a celebration. 2 p.m. Saturday, Division Street, heading west from Western to Sacramento avenues; FREE
On January 17, 2017 then President Barack Obama, granted Patriot Oscar López Rivera clemency after 35 years of a nation’s outcry for his release. On May 17, 2017, Oscar López Rivera will officially be free.
Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rico’s National Hero, will finally walk among the community he was a pioneer in building. In 1981 Oscar López Rivera was convicted of seditious conspiracy to 55 years imprisonment for his belief in wanting independence for Puerto Rico. Over 35 years of incarceration have not deterred his spirit in wanting an independent Puerto Rico. His sacrifice has united a nation to recognize the colonial status of Puerto Rico and demand his freedom. Public figures such as Pope Francis I, Nobel Peace winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulin Soto Cruz, Ricky Martin, Réne Peréz and most recently Lin-Manuel Miranda, among many others have denounced his incarceration and finally, the long awaited day has arrived. On Saturday, June 17, we will rejoice in his presence and greet him as the symbol of hope he represents to Puerto Ricans everywhere; also remembering our beloved, departed Jonathan Rivera Lizardi, Oscar López Rivera’s biggest fan.