Orlando, June 5th, 2017 – Paul Curran, vice president and general manager of WFTV and WRDQ TV-27 announced TV-27 will broadcast the 60th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, live from New York City on Sunday, June 11th at 12:00 p.m.

“One of the truly great aspects of Central Florida is its cultural diversity. Nowhere is that more pronounced than in our Hispanic community. Central Florida is now home to the largest Puerto Rican population in the United States and Orlando will be a top 10 Hispanic market by 2018,” said Curran. “We are delighted to showcase the largest Puerto Rican Day Parade in the world on TV-27 this Sunday. The history and pageantry of this event will resonate with all residents of Central Florida.”

This year’s parade pays special tribute to prominent figures and recognizes 100 years of U.S. Citizenship for Puerto Ricans during this milestone year. Under the theme, “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces” (One Nation, Many Voices), the 2017 parade and associated events will advance the parade’s mission of promoting culture, art and education in the Puerto Rican community, both on the island and the mainland U.S.

“In this monumental year, we are showcasing our collective achievement and the legacy we have built by working in solidarity, and we will discuss key challenges that Puerto Rico is facing to help inform and engage our community. We also honor legendary figures and the next generation of stars that are already accomplished in their own right,” said Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, parade chairperson.

Gilberto Santa Rosa, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, actor and producer will serve as Grand Marshal and he will be joined by Parade Queen, Lana Parilla, the talented actress from TV and film, who plays the role of the Evil Queen/Regina Mills in the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time.

Lifetime Achievement dedications will go to Walter Mercado, an iconic TV actor and personality, Bobby Cruz, salsa singer from Hormigueros, and Julio Monge, choreographer, actor and director. For more information go to www.nprdpinc.org.

WHAT: National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2017
WHEN: Sunday, June 11th, 2017 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: WRDQ TV-27 (Bright House HD Channel 1027)
For additional information contact John Keyes (407) 822-5915

About TV-27 WRDQ
The independent station is part of Cox Media Group and broadcasts Eyewitness News This Morning weekdays 7-9 a.m. and Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. The station is also the official television home of Orlando City Soccer Club, broadcasting 20 regular season matches in 2017.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country’s biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

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