Knickerbocker hosts Puerto Rican Day Parade
by Benjamin Fang
Jun 18, 2019 | 6972 views | 0 0 comments | 529 529 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The blocks along Knickerbocker Avenue were filled with thousands of revelers on June 9 for the first annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in Brooklyn.

Elected officials and community partnered for the Bushwick celebration, which in past years lacked the proper permits to close off the streets.

Assemblywoman Maritza Davila served as the “Godmother” of the parade, while Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Patrol Borough North Chief Jeffrey Maddrey were the “Godfathers.”

Other attendees included Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, State Senator Julia Salazar and Councilman Rafael Espinal.

“I knew that we had to bring this back to Bushwick and organize a committee that was going to make it happen, and we did it,” Davila said. “The amount of support on Knickerbocker Avenue was truly incredible.

“No incidents occurred and safety was on our side thanks to the NYPD,” she added. “It will be bigger and better next year.”

The celebration led to House of Yes on Wyckoff Avenue, where DJ Carlito served as the grand marshal for the event. Other artists such as Denzel y Marlez, Don Dre, New York Natives and more performed.

“This parade on Knickerbocker Avenue is the result of people coming together as one,” said Henry Baez, a board member of the parade committee, “but unifying not just Puerto Ricans but the whole diverse community we live in.”
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