Welcome news for town of Islip communities

May 16, 2012 by  

Central Long Island residents recently received some good news when New York State Assemblyman Phil Ramos, from Central Islip, announced the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade will go ahead. In early May, parade sponsor Adelante of Suffolk County, announced that budget cuts had forced the organization to cancel the celebration.

The parade found a new sponsor, the non-profit group Teatro Yerbabruja, thanks to efforts by Ramos and others. In an interview with an area news source, the legislator said:

“After I heard the news that the Puerto Rican Day Parade was cancelled, I reached out to Teatro Yerbabruja and several other community leaders to talk about trying to save it. They agreed to take the reins on the parade, and we brought some sponsors to the table.”

While local support has been strong, more sponsors are needed to meet the event’s financial goals. Organizers are hopeful that area merchants who stand to benefit from the celebration, such as printing businesses specializing in fliers, posters, and banner printing, will see the advertizing advantages in becoming official parade patrons.

As the largest ethnic parade on Long Island, this year marks the event’s 46th anniversary. Assemblyman Ramos noted it taps into the emotional core of the Puerto Rican community:

“This is something that started in the 60s and it goes to the heart of the Puerto Rican identity on Long Island.”

In the past, the parade was always held on the first Sunday in June but logistics forced this year’s celebration to be scheduled for July 22nd. The theme will be “Honoring Brentwood’s Puerto Rican Pioneers.”