This is a new beginning for the Mexican Day Parade in New York. After 18 years, this event is embracing the new technology with a new website www.mexicandayparadeny.org to highlight its history, empower the community and use social media to connect and face the future. This year the parade will be held at noon on Sunday, September 15th, along Madison Avenue, Manhattan, from 27th to 38th street.
This year’s parade theme is: The Mexican community emerging through education and the City University of New York (CUNY) will be marching on its side. Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the Board of Trustees said, “CUNY is pleased to participate in this year’s Mexican Parade. We proudly serve thousands of Mexican students and their families, who are seeking to realize their dreams through higher education while celebrating their cultural heritage.”
Frank Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at CUNY, will be the parade’s Educational Grand Marshall. Mariachi bands and Mexican dance groups will entertain the public along its route.
“We have fought hard to reach this point and we’re very proud to have CUNY as an sponsor”, said Patricia Hernández, founder and President of the Mexican Day Parade in New York. “The Mexican community in this city has recognized the importance of education and we want to contribute to the success of the Latino community. As immigrants, we are here to stay and prosper for the benefic of this country.”
Hernandez said, “We also want to dedicate this parade to those Mexican without papers who work every day to support their families. We need an immigration reform. We must fight for the unification of the Latino community in this city of immigrants.”
The parade commemorates the Mexican Independence and the contributions of the Mexican community to New York City. “Our Independence Day, and all its celebrations like the Mexican Parade, it’s a good opportunity for the Consulate to remind our Mexican community here, that they are very important for the Government of Mexico. We are here for them. We don’t forget them”, added Carlos Geraldo Izzo, press attaché at the Mexican Consulate in New York.
The world-renowned wrestler El Hijo de El Santo will be marching as a special international guest star. TV personality Patricia Arbulu and Singer Kristel are the International Godmothers and actress Rebecca Garza is the National Godmother. John Solis of Los Plebes de Michoacán, is the National Godfather.
Actor Eliseo Flores, the proud son of Tulcingo del Valle, Puebla and actress Estrella Cervantes will be marching as special guests.
Besides CUNY, the major sponsors this year are GOYA Foods, Telemundo, Univision, AeroMexico, Inca Kola and El Diario/La Prensa. “Mexico is the land of a great civilization, taste and culture, and for GOYA it is an honor to team op with our brothers from Mexico in this wonderful occasion. ¡Que viva México!” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations at GOYA Foods.
Among the folkloric groups that will be performing at the Mexican Day Parade in New York are Comparsa Guadalupana de Chinelos en Nueva York, Ballet Folklórico Citlali, Carnaval Tlaxcala, Comité Guadalupana, Carnaval de Juejotzingo, Ballet Folklórico Rivera Maya, Banda Beto Alvarado, Sumba Mariela, Escuela de Baile Iniciador y la Banda Nuevo Amanecer. Caporales de San Simón, a Bolivian group based on Virginia is also performing this year.
More that 200,000 spectators will be delighted with Solow Car Club’s display of more than 100 cars.