Honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera … a free man, at last!! 🇵🇷
Parades should be uncomplicated affairs: floats, marching bands and baton twirlers. In New York City, few things are that simple — especially for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, an annual event that has seen its share of violence, graft and mismanagement.
This year, the parade, which will travel up Fifth Avenue on June 11, has become embroiled in a political controversy that may have cost it one major sponsor, and put some of the city’s top public officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an awkward position.
At issue is the parade’s decision earlier this month to honor the Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar López Rivera, who was freed on Wednesday after having served more than 35 years in prison.
Parade officials said they would designate Mr. López Rivera — a Puerto Rican militant associated with a…
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