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Manhattan's Puerto Rican Day Parade spotlights hurricane recovery efforts

Manhattan's Puerto Rican Day Parade spotlights hurricane recovery efforts”

In one of New York City's largest annual parades, thousands of spectators took to the streets to celebrate National Puerto Rican Day on Sunday in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue.

Whether Hurricane Maria killed a few dozen Americans or 4,600 after it slammed into Puerto Rico a year ago, the USA government's inefficient response should go down in history as a shameful episode that must not be repeated.

Those watching the parade in person saw that in the marching contingents, including one made up of people who are on the US mainland only because they were displaced from their homes on the island, he said.

The parade's organizers told ABC News that the event will honor first responders and those who helped with emergency efforts in the storm's aftermath.

Parade-goers voiced frustration over an apparent under-reporting of the death toll in Puerto Rico and what they called a weak emergency response by President Trump's administration.

The Puerto Rican government estimated the death toll from the storm is 64, however, a recent study from The New England Journal of Medicine said the actual death toll is 70 times more than the government's official count.

Julio Pabon led a group of demonstrators who chanted "Respect Puerto Rico" as it passed Trump Tower.

"This is a very important parade and a very meaningful parade given the tragedy and the devastation of the homeland", Louis Maldonado said on Friday prior to Sunday's big parade.

Cuomo said the death toll from Hurricane Maria stands at 4,500 - more than twice as many that died in Louisiana's infamous Hurricane Katrina - yet the amount earmarked by Washington to help fix the island's infrastructure has been paltry. Cuomo has been an outspoken proponent of the need to help Puerto Rico after the September storm.

'Maria unmasked that we are a colony, ' said Pabon, 66, of the Bronx.

This year's parade comes a year after a controversial one, when the parade organization's decision to recognize Oscar Lopez Rivera, a former member of a militant group responsible for a series of bombings.

'They said, 'Great. We can work on our tans.' And I said, 'Not exactly.

Andrew Cuomo decline to take part.

The students will be assisting ongoing efforts to clean, restore, and rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Maria. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz led a contingent clad in black tee shirts commanding onlookers to Remember!



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