It was back in the 1940s and 50s that residents from Puerto Rico began moving to Rochester. As families established themselves here, there was a blossoming of pride and action-driven individuals who wanted to make their mark in the city. During the 1960s, organizations such as IBERO, Puerto Rican youth Development, and the Spanish Action Coalition were establish as resources for this community. It was in the 1970s that organizers hosted the first Puerto Rican Parade of Rochester modeled after the first parade in NYC in 1957.
The Rochester parade was a spectacular event!! It showcased the best of the best among our dancers, marching bands and artistic abilities. Our goal remains the same to this day, and that is to educate the entire community (Both Latinos and Non-Latinos) about our wonderful traditions.