Puerto Rican Parade of Rochester
¡Puerto Rico Se Levanta! Puerto Rico Rises!
Saturday, July 28, 2018
10:00am opening ceremony
11:00am parade step off
The tragedies of the island of Puerto Rico is not fresh news to anyone. In September of 2017, the most recent hurricane, Hurricane Maria, completely destroyed the island that many Puerto Rican’s from the Rochester, NY area previously called home. As for their family and friends who still live there—are barely living. Homes have been destroyed,
electricity is unavailable, and food and water is nothing but limited; Grocery store shelves are empty and the water that is provided, last less than 3 days. The U.S. government stated that they are providing the necessities needed to rebuild and recover, but Puerto Ricans are left with nothing but the feeling of abandonment.
Puerto Rico has always been an island where people go for a good time, relaxation, and an abundance of culture. Seeing other states celebrate our culture and traditions, full of pride and happiness brings joy and appreciation to every Puerto Rican.
Since Hurricane Maria and the less recent but still relevant, Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico has been in a hardship. Puerto Ricans are still struggling with finding food and shelter for themselves and their loved ones. But in spite of everything, many people have united to help improve the island regardless of race, culture or religion. The 2018 Puerto Rican
Parade serves as a platform to motivate and revitalize the island of Puerto Rico to never lose faith, because Puerto Rico will rise above this misfortune.