Gilberto Santa Rosa to lead New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade

Salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa has been appointed Grand Marshal of New York City’s 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade.
The 54-year-old bandleader will guide the parade through the city’s streets on 11 June (17), while former showgirl Iris Chacon, nicknamed “The Puerto Rican bombshell” at the height of her 1970s heyday, has been named parade godmother.
The event, which attracts as many as two million spectators, will feature a number of musicians of Puerto Rican heritage performing on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Two music festivals are also planned over the Puerto Rican Day weekend.
Puerto Rican singer Ozuna has been named as the parade’s Rising Star, while salsa singer Ismael Rivera will serve as Puerto Rican Day ambassador.
Latin alternative duo Buscabulla are set to perform, while attendees include Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing with the Stars winner Laurie Hernandez, actress Lana Parrilla, and baseball star Ivan Rodriguez.
The event has been held annually on the second Sunday in June since 1958, with previous Grand Marshals including musicians Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin.
This year’s edition will also mark the 100th anniversary of former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson passing a law granting Puerto Ricans American citizenship.