Thousands of people will take to the streets of New York Sunday for the city's annual Hispanic Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. The popular parade is in its 51st year of celebrating solidarity among the city's diverse Hispanic populations, numbering more than 2.4 million, according to AM New York.
While thousands of spectators are expected to attend this year, up to 1 million marched in the 2014 parade to mark its 50th year. The parade falls toward the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Marchers will represent Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America, as well as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Spain. The groups at the parade will include Hispanic associations, as well city departments, such as the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department.
"I always look forward to representing my nationality," Joe Maldonado, who is of Puerto Rican descent and has marched in the parade for 45 years, told AM New York. "It's a very colorful parade. Every country, they all come in their native clothes." Maldonado is president of the Department of Sanitation's Hispanic Society, which will feature dozens of members in the parade.
This year's parade will also highlight marshals representing each country. Miss Universe Paulina Vega, from Colombia, will be a special guest.
Here is some important information about the 2015 parade.
Start Time: Sunday Oct. 11, noon to 5 p.m. EDT.
Where: The route will run along Fifth Avenue from East 44th Street to East 67th Street, according to the city. The parade will form between 44th and 47th Streets along Sixth Avenue.
Road Closures: Fifth Avenue will be closed along the entire route, as well as from East 67th Street to East 69th Street. Further, 67th, 68th and 69th Streets will be closed between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. There are some other areas that may be closed at the NYPD's discretion; check here for more.
Broadcast Info: If you can't make the parade but want to check out the event, New York television station Pix 11 will air 3o minutes highlights on Sunday. Check here for more information on the broadcast.