Submitted by ub on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 11:57

Today is the National Puerto Rican Parade. The annual mega-fiesta this year celebrates Puerto Ricans and Higher Education. It is through education that the community can continue to progress. Higher education is a source of empowerment that greatly improves the social and financial conditions of individuals aspiring to better their lives. The Parade's theme will showcase the educational achievements of Puerto Ricans and continue to encourage further growth.

This warm weather will attract huge crowds today to National Puerto Rican Day Parade. The 55th Annual celebration begins PRONTO @ 11A and runs north on Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street.

President Felix Matos Rodriguez, Hostos Community College in the Bronx is serving as Grand Marshall and emphasizes the parade's theme of empowerment through education.

Several Puerto Rican celebrities, including salsa singer Frankie Negron and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (known for his salsa-inspired touchdown dances), are also there.

Today's weather will make the parade delightful, but for those who want to avoid the crowds they can catch live parade broadcasts on FOX and MY9. So, come, or tune in to wave the Puerto Rican flag, whether you're Boricua or not!