A.K.A. National Puerto Rican Parade; New York Puerto Rican Parade; THE Puerto Rican Parade
1) WHAT IS A PARADE/MARCHING CONTINGENT?
A parade/marching contingent is an organized group of 50 people or less representing a registered organization. All contingents must file a parade application. The NPRDP will provide permits and access wristbands upon completion of the registration process. No contingent will be permitted to march without the applicable permits and wristbands.
2) DOES MY ORGANIZATION NEED TO REGISTER? CAN WE JOIN ANOTHER ORGANIZATION THAT IS REGISTERED ?
No. All organizations must file separate parade applications. Parade formation permits cannot be shared with other organizations.
3) CAN I MARCH IN THE PARADE WITHOUT BEING PART OF A REGISTERED CONTINGENT?
No. For security purposes, required by the NYPD, we must have the ability to identify all marchers and their respective contingents.
4) CAN I RENT A PARADE FLOAT FOR MY ORGANIZATION?
All requests for parade rentals are managed directly through our marketing agent, GALOS Corporation. Visit www.galoscorp.com for details.
5) IF THE COST OF MY PARADE FLOAT IS SPONSORED BY A COMPANY THEN ARE WE PERMITTED TO DISPLAY THEIR LOGO OR BANNER ON THE FLOAT?
(Example: Organization XYZ’s float is sponsored by Coqui National Bank)
National corporations or franchises must obtain written permission from the NPRDP Committee in order to participate in the Parade. A contingent cannot be sponsored by or display logos or trademarks from, third party businesses or organizations without the written permission of the NPRDP and its affiliates. If permissible, additional fees and conditions may apply. Contact our Marketing Agent, GALOS Corporation at 212-243-1177.
6) CAN I PROMOTE MY PRODUCTS/SERVICES?
All commercial/corporate opportunities must be directed to our marketing agent, GALOS Corporation. Visit www.galoscorp.com for details.
7) CAN I HAVE MY ARTIST PERFORM ON-STAGE AT THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE?
Talent procurement is typically handled by our marketing agent, GALOS Corporation. However, any interests in performing at the parade should be submitted, via email, 120 days prior to the parade for consideration.
8) CAN I RESERVE SEATS ON THE REVIEW STAND (BLEACHERS) AT THE PUERTO RICAN PARADE?
No. The review stand (or bleacher) is NOT reserved public seating. Currently, the seating is reserved for parade honorees and sponsors among other contingents that hold official roles in parade operations.
9) WHAT IS A CONTINGENT MARSHALL?
Every marching contingent MUST provide Contingent Marshalls; usually the contact person on the parade application. Each contingent must designate a ‘Marshall’ to ensure that all precautions are taken during the parade experience.
10) WHY DO WE SEE GAPS ON THE PARADE ROUTE?
Gaps in the Parade disrupt the steady flow of the procession. The success of our parade depends on the cooperation of all contingents. If you foresee a gap developing between your contingent and those preceding you then…speed up! Proactively, we assign parade marshalls at each street corner that will direct you, accordingly. Please comply with their directions.
11) CAN WE THROW PROMOTIONAL ITEMS (e.g. shirts, hats, CDs, flyers) TO PARADE SPECTATORS?
Absolutely, NOT! For the safety of our parade community, it is irresponsible and dangerous to throw anything out to our parade goers. However, you can feel free to hand out shirts or other promo items. A warning will be given to your contingent should you fail to comply with this regulation. Any subsequent violations will result in immediate ejection from the parade route.
12) IF WE SUBMIT OUR PARADE APPLICATION EARLY, CAN WE BE AMONG THE FIRST FLOATS IN THE PARADE?
In most years, we have over 100 marching contingents participating in the NPRDP. A number of factors determine your placement in the Parade. We will work diligently to direct all contingents to the parade route in a reasonable amount of time. It is also important that your organization adhere to the formation time which will alleviate some of the wait time.
13) CAN ELECTED OFFICIALS (POLITICIANS) PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE? POLITICAL CANDIDATES?
YES, elected officials and political candidates can participate in the parade. However, in order to preserve our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, we must comply with all rules and policies in relation to partisan political activity. An important distinction is that an incumbent may participate in the Parade in their capacity as an office holder but cannot participate in the parade with the intent to distribute campaign literature and other political propaganda. For example, “Congressman Perez” can march in the parade with a banner that reads “Congressman Perez supports the Puerto Rican Community.” Conversely, if Congressman Perez is running for Governor and wants the banner to read “Puerto Ricans support Eduardo Perez for Governor of Hawaii.” The latter would be considered a direct violation of political campaigning and will result in immediate ejection.
14) CAN I RIDE MY MOTORCYCLE IN THE PARADE?
Motorcycle riding is prohibited on the parade route. If you represent a contingent of motorcycles then they may be displayed on a float or platform; the gas tanks should also be empty.
15) IF I HAVE A CONVERTIBLE CAR IN THE PARADE, DOES IT NEED TO BE INSURED AND REGISTERED THE DAY OF THE PARADE?
All drivers must possess a valid driver's license. Only insured and registered convertible vehicles will be permitted on the parade route.
16) WHAT ARE THE VEHICLE/FLOAT DIMENSIONS FOR THE PARADE ROUTE?
Below are the maximum dimensions of floats that can be displayed on Fifth Avenue.
Maximum Vehicle Dimensions:
Height: 12 feet
Length: 20 feet
Width: 8 feet
Street Clearance: 12 inches above ground
17) HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FILE A PARTICIPATION APPLICATION WITH THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE? DOES THE FEE APPLY TO ALL PARTICIPANTS?
The Application Fee is $500.00 and required by ALL participants. All payments have to be made by money order or certified check payable to National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. Cash is NOT accepted.
18) IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR THE NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE?
Yes. All participants must reflect a respect for general public decency and moral values. Although subjective, we ask that all participants use their best judgment and realize the importance of demonstrating a positive image to past, present, and future generations of Puerto Ricans.
19) DOES THE NPRDP PROVIDE FLAGS TO MARCHING CONTINGENTS?
No, we do not provide Puerto Rican Flags to any participants. Furthermore, as part of our parade policy, the use of the Puerto Rican flag must be done in the most respectable and dignified manner. The parade does not allow Puerto Rican flags with symbols like coquis, dominoes, congas etc. It is considered a desecration of our national flag.