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Several key sponsors of New York City's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade pulled out after organizers decided to honor a convicted terrorist. Organizers announced this year they plan to name Oscarpez Rivera a National Freedom Hero;" making it the first and only time they've awarded the honor, the New York Times reported . López Rivera was pardoned by President Barack Obama after serving over 35 years in prison for masterminding a series of bombings across the United States as a member of the Stalinist-Marxist pro-Puerto Rican independence militant group F.A.L.N. The most notorious F.A.L.N. bombing occurred in downtown New York City in 1975 , killing four people. Six more people died in the bombing spree overseen by López Rivera (including a police officer) and dozens more were maimed. López Rivera got fifteen more years tacked onto his sentence while in prison for trying to escape with explosives.
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Oscar Lpez Rivera, who was associated with a group that carried out a deadly bombing in Manhattan in 1975, will be a the parades National Freedom Hero.
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Goya Foods will not sponsor this years Puerto Rican Day Parade. The decision ends, until further notice, the companys continuous 60-year partnership with the organization behind the annual event. The New Jersey-based company cited a business decision as the reason for pulling their sponsorship of the annual event thats being held in New York City on July 11 this year. The Puerto Rican Day Parade , which also hosts a variety of other cultural, educational and social events, said the decision could affect the students who receive scholarships from the non-profit organization. Goya has made a business decision not to participate in this years Puerto Rican Day Parade, the company said in a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday. As for whether the decision would apply for future Puerto Rican Day Parades, the company said that has not been decided.
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NEW YORK -- A car service contracted to carry honorees at the Puerto Rican Day Parade was booted from Sunday's event after refusing to carry gay participants, according to LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano. Serrano, who is from Puerto Rico, now lives in New York and works on the staff for Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, told The Huffington Post that parade organizers had partnered with The Custom Shop in Queens to help with transportation. But the company wanted nothing to do with Serrano or other members of the LGBT community at the event. When they saw the gay pride flag, when they saw me, they said, 'Were not going to take those people,' Serrano told HuffPost. Every year the parade receives donations for cars to carry the honorees. This year The Custom Shop offered to donate 5 convertible jeeps, but when they came to pick up Serrano and they saw him draping one of the cars with a pride flag the driver refused to take him.
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Politico
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We stand in solidarity because New York City knows so well what this feels like, being the victim of a terror attack the mayor told reporters after he finished marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade. This attack is another example of an attack not just on human beings, but on our values; on our values of tolerance and freedom, belief in respect for all faiths. The mayor said flags at City Hall will fly at half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting, and told reporters that the city will hold a vigil to honor the victims on Monday night outside of the Stonewall Inn. De Blasio said he would attend the vigil himself. NYPD officials said they had been in close conversation with the FBI since early Sunday morning about the attack in Florida and were sharing intelligence about the incident. Some news reports have suggested the suspect, Omar Mateen, a Florida resident and U.
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The Huffington Post
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New York Citys Fifth Avenue will be decked out in red, white and blue Sunday in honor of the 59th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. ¡Wepa! Under the theme Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces (One Nation, Many Voices), the event will celebrate the beautiful and diverse culture shared by Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora. The first parade took place Sunday, April 13, 1958, with approximately 125,000 people in attendance, according to the New York Daily News . This year, more than 1.5 million spectators are expected to line the 35-block parade route as 100,000 more people march, dance and ride their way down Fifth Avenue, including this years parade king and queen, Carmelo Anthony and Rosario Dawson. If the parades of the past are any indication, this year's event will be spectacular. So get excited and join us as we take a nostalgic look back at Puerto Rican Day Parades of yesteryear in the photos below.
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New York Citys Fifth Avenue will be decked out in red, white and blue Sunday in honor of the 59th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade. ¡Wepa! Under the theme Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces (One Nation, Many Voices), the event will celebrate the beautiful and diverse culture shared by Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora. The first parade took place Sunday, April 13, 1958, with approximately 125,000 people in attendance, according to the New York Daily News. This year, more than 1.5 million spectators are expected to line the 35-block parade route as 100,000 more people march, dance and ride their way down Fifth Avenue, including this years parade king and queen, Carmelo Anthony and Rosario Dawson. If the parades of the past are any indication, this year's event will be spectacular. So get excited and join us as we take a nostalgic look back at Puerto Rican Day Parades of yesteryear in the photos below.
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