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These Photos Capture Over 5 Decades Of Pride At The Puerto Rican Day Parade

¡Wepa!

New York City’s 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 year’s 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. 

  • 1 1960
    Luz Valentin, 5, has the spirit as she waves American and Puerto Rican flags from the hood of a car in the 1960 Puerto Rican
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    Luz Valentin, 5, has the spirit as she waves American and Puerto Rican flags from the hood of a car in the 1960 Puerto Rican Day Parade. Some 150,000 people turned out to cheer the marchers and bands as they streamed up Fifth Avenue in the brilliant sunshine.
  • 2 1963
    16-year-old Carmen Juarge rides down Fifth Avenue in Cinderella's carriage. 
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    16-year-old Carmen Juarge rides down Fifth Avenue in Cinderella's carriage. 
  • 3 1964
    Three women in dazzling gowns "float" down the parade route. <br>
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    Three women in dazzling gowns "float" down the parade route.
  • 4 1966
    Proud spectators line Fifth Avenue and 66th Street.&nbsp;
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    Proud spectators line Fifth Avenue and 66th Street. 
  • 5 1967
    Children run out to greet Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.) and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo.
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    Children run out to greet Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.) and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo.
  • 6 1968
    Two women don<i> <a href="http://www.elboricua.com/pava.html" target="_blank">pavas</a></i>, traditional&nbsp;straw hats.
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    Two women don pavas, traditional straw hats.
  • 7 1969
    Queen Ivelia Sisco (top) and her court wave at spectators.&nbsp;
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    Queen Ivelia Sisco (top) and her court wave at spectators. 
  • 8 1972
    Young women dance down&nbsp;Fifth Avenue at the 1972 Puerto Rican Day Parade.
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    Young women dance down Fifth Avenue at the 1972 Puerto Rican Day Parade.
  • 9 1979
    Actor Erik Estrada waves at revelers as he rides down the parade route.
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    Actor Erik Estrada waves at revelers as he rides down the parade route.
  • 10 1980
    Baton twirlers from the Bronx march in the parade.&nbsp;
    Photo by Dennis Caruso/NY Daily News Archive
    Baton twirlers from the Bronx march in the parade. 
  • 11 1995
    Spectators cheer and shout along the sidelines.
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    Spectators cheer and shout along the sidelines.
  • 12 1996
    Young girls don traditional dresses and <i>pavas.</i>
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    Young girls don traditional dresses and pavas.
  • 13 2000
    Actress Rosie Perez holds up a sign calling for peace for <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/no-peace-on-vieques/" target="
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    Actress Rosie Perez holds up a sign calling for peace for Vieques as she rides in a convertible during the 2000 National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
  • 14 2001
    A young boy rides down the parade route on his mini-motorcycle.
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    A young boy rides down the parade route on his mini-motorcycle.
  • 15 2002
    Traditional dancers perform during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in&nbsp;2002.
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    Traditional dancers perform during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2002.
  • 16 2004
    Dancers wearing traditional garb perform for millions of spectators.
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    Dancers wearing traditional garb perform for millions of spectators.
  • 17 2006
    Marc Anthony served as the parade's National Grand Marshal in 2006. He was joined by then-wife Jennifer Lopez and then-Mayor
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    Marc Anthony served as the parade's National Grand Marshal in 2006. He was joined by then-wife Jennifer Lopez and then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 
  • 18 2007
    Ricky Martin reigned as king at the 2007&nbsp;National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
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    Ricky Martin reigned as king at the 2007 National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
  • 19 2008
    Some 2 million spectators braved the hot, muggy weather to participate in the&nbsp;2008 event. &nbsp;
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    Some 2 million spectators braved the hot, muggy weather to participate in the 2008 event.  
  • 20 2011
    Three young girls ride in the back of a blue car along the parade route.&nbsp;
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    Three young girls ride in the back of a blue car along the parade route. 
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