50th Annual Puerto Rican Parade West 16th and Clark Ave to Roberto Clemente Park August 5, 2018
According to the Cleveland Puerto Rican Parade website "A parade celebration of Puerto Rican arts and culture has been observed by Cleveland's Puerto Ricans each summer since the late 60s. Its purpose has been to bring together the city's residents and to educate the community-at-large about the rich Puerto Rican culture. As we celebrate 50 years of history, we welcome the next organizers, Hispanic Police Officers' Association, and look forward to a gleaming future for this event.
The Puerto Rican Parade of Greater Cleveland carries a strong history of cultural awareness, pride, and education, led by a resilient community who's love for their homeland, spirit of freedom, justice, and unity have never waivered. After 50 years, when the Parade's founders first celebrated their Puerto Rican heritage in the City of Cleveland, we proudly continue this legacy."
The 2018 Honorees were:
Michael Ferrer, Grand Marshall
Ivan "Papo" Ruiz, Padrino
Selina Pagan, Madrina
Nayeli Claudio, Miss Puerto Rico Image 2018
The Hispanic Police Officers Association with Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center produced the 50th Annual Puerto Rican Parade celebration in the city of Cleveland. Click on the white arrow to watch a video of some highlights of the Parade which stepped off from Clark Avenue (between W. 16th Street and Fulton Rd) and made it's way to Roberto Clemente Park (using Fulton Rd to Seymour Avenue).
Enjoy these other images from the 2018 Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland.
Color Guard at Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland
Cleveland Safety Forces at Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland
Councilwoman Jasmin Santana at Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland
PACE at 2018 Puerto Rican Parade in Cleveland
Grand Marshall Michael Ferrer
Hispanic Police Officers Association
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Miss Puerto Rican Image 2018 Nayeli Claudio and her court
Miss North America 2018
Ivan "Papo" Ruiz, Padrino and Selina Pagan, Madrina
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The Cleveland Cultural Gardens consist of over 30 gardens dedicated to honoring a particular heritage. At this time there is no Puerto Rico Garden. If you are interested in helping start a Cultural Garden honoring Puerto Rican heritage please contact us.
After the Parade there was a Festival with a ceremony, food and music at Roberto Clemente Park.