National Puerto Rican Parade to be dedicated to State of Rhode Island

You are invited to a news conference by Governor Lincoln Chafee at 10am on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The Governor will make history by announcing the dedication of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City to the State of Rhode Island this year.

An electronic uplink between the State Room of the State House and San Juan , Puerto Rico is expected to link the two conferences which are being held simultaneously.


The National Puerto Rican Day Parade has over 80,000 participants with over twice the population of Rhode Island as spectators along its parade route and will be seen on television, cable and internet by over 7 million more PLUS print and radio coverage.


Many dignitaries are expected at this historic press conference including Congressional, State and Municipal officials, prominent Latinos and Puerto Ricans.

Members of the legendary Puerto Rican 65th Infantry who served in Korea also expect to attend. (Their valor was chronicled in a recently released documentary movie "The Borinqueneers.")


This historic announcement creating inexpensive high profile positive visibility for our state includes all Rhode Islanders from every parade organization, municipality, state agency and ethnicity to march proudly with their heads held high. Mayor Taveras has already advised he will be in the parade.


This opportunity was made possible thanks to the Puerto Rican Cultural Festival and Parade of Rhode Island Inc., whose outreach has been noted in numerous citations and awards. They are well known for promoting Rhode Island where ever they go and were recently named "The Official Ambassadors of Goodwill for the State of Rhode Island " by proclamation of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox.
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