Cruz to celebrate Puerto Rican festivities kick-off on Sept. 20

Events will commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Ángel Cruz, D-Phila., will host a flag-raising ceremony at noon Thursday, Sept. 20 at Antonio Pantoja Charter School, 4401 N. American St., to mark the beginning of Puerto Rican festivities in Philadelphia.

"Starting on the twentieth, and for two weeks following, hundreds of people will gather to enjoy music, dancing, and food to celebrate our heritage across Philadelphia,” Cruz said. “However, 2018 is special. We will commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the massive storm. I invite everyone to come and be part of this year's celebration to demonstrate that we remain committed to the American citizens of Puerto Rico and to rebuilding the island stronger than ever.”

The Puerto Rican Day Parade – to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – is Philadelphia's oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage.

The parade draws thousands to show island pride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s theme is “Renacer de Puerto Rico,” the rebirth of Puerto Rico.