Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Just nine months ago, Hurrican Maria reeked havoc on paradise, Puerto Rico, taking the lives of over four thousand of its residents. Th popular tourist location went without power and running water for months. This years Puerto Rican Day Parade shows solidarity among the community and shows support from US citizens, in the light of the US president turning his back on the US territory in their time of need.
This year's parade theme was "Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces," or "One Nation, Many Voices." meant to highlight "thought and art". During the parade, several artists and others crucial to the community were honored for their contributions to Puerto Rican culture. In the midst of all the fun, businesses such as Google made contributions to efforts. Google shared they will match donations up to $2 million to the Hispanic Federation and Mercy Corps. Proceeds are also meant to help the small businesses suffering on the island.
“This is a very important parade and a very meaningful parade given the tragedy and the devastation of the homeland,” Louis Maldonado, National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) Board chair
According to USA Today, about 5% of Puerto Rico is still without power. The natural disaster cause over $90 million in damages and only a fraction of the death toll was reported. Many citizens attending the parade sported t-shirts and signs expressing mistreatment and lack of assistance from FEMA, and organization responsible for disaster relief in the states. The parade also brings light to the fact that turning their backs Puerto Rico is the same as turning their backs on their own. Those born in Puerto Rico are considered U.S. Citizens at birth. The Puerto Rican Day Parade occurs in New York and typically live streamed across news organization sites.