The anthem of pride, Boricua!, was heard throughout the streets of New York City this past weekend as the Puerto Rican Day Parade rolled down iconic Fifth Avenue on Sunday. One of my very first cultural experiences in New York City was that parade and remains one of my favorite events of the year to this day nearly 20 years later. This year’s parade drew a record 1.5 million spectators. You can see some of them here.
The Boricua! anthem takes on a whole new meaning this year at NYU, as a record-breaking number of Puerto Rican students from San Juan to Spanish Harlem will join students of Dominican and Mexican descent, as well as students from more than a dozen Central and South American countries. In August, we will welcome our largest Latino/a/x community ever to arrive at New York University.