This included civic and political leaders, as well as people from the diverse number of cultures Jersey City is known for.
The Jersey City Puerto Rican Parade is one of the longest running in the nation.
Juan Cartagena, executive director of Latino Justice and co-founder of Seguanda Quimbama, is this year’s grand marshal for the parade.
During the annual festival, such people are honored by the parade committee with individuals from the police, fire, sheriffs and correctional departments given recognition. The committee also honors an emergency medical technician of the year, local business people, advocates, even a postman, crossing guard, veteran and others.
Candidates for city council, board of education, and even the governor’s office made their appearance in the parade this year.