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Voices in Focus: Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Songs and Snafus

June 8, 2012 12:53 pm 1 Comment By  | Via A+ / A-

With New York City’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade happening this Sunday, El Diario La Prensa ran a useful guide to the festivities, including its route, best vantage points, and a list of notable personalities to look out for. El Diario also provided a primer on songs to sing during the parade, and some helpful YouTube videos to practice your dance moves to.

El Diario also ran a sobering editorial on the situation of Puerto Rican teenagers in New York City:

This week, the Community Service Society (CSS) shared with the media figures updated from a 2010 report, which warned that Puerto Ricans between 14 and 16 are behind in education and employment. New statistics show that the situation worsened in the two years following the publication of the study.

The numbers are discouraging: 30 percent of the 100,000 young Puerto Ricans living in the five boroughs in 2009 and 2010 reported not going to work or school.

The editorial called for more funding for schools, community organizations, GED and job placement programs in Puerto Rican neighborhoods:

When compared with other Latino groups, the Puerto Rican community has more members living at the extremes: more people reporting incomes below the federal poverty line, but also more people reporting high levels of income. This division can also be seen in neighborhoods. Poor Puerto Ricans — unlike Dominicans and Mexicans who tend to be more mixed — are surrounded by other poor Puerto Ricans. With high concentrations of poverty, intervention is needed to break this cycle.

An image of the Daily News' erroneous promotion for the Puerto Rican Day Parade. (Via El Diario)

El Diario and many other outlets also had some fun with a snafu at the Daily News, which mistakenly printed the Cuban flag instead of the Puerto Rican flag in a full-page advertisement for the parade:

Although Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of a bird, as the famous poem of the Puerto Rican Lola Rodriguez de Tio, there are large differences between the two countries. As between the two flags.

The website Latino Rebels broke the story, and the Daily News yesterday put out the following apology on Facebook and by email:

The Daily News today erroneously printed the incorrect flag in a promotion for the 2012 National Puerto Rican Day Parade. As the presenting media sponsor, the Daily News apologizes to the Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latino communities as well as parade sponsors who were offended by our mistake. It will be rectified in Friday’s paper.

Huffington Post pointed out that the error came at a particularly inopportune time:

The unfortunate mix-up actually comes a few weeks after a handful of Latino journalists were let go from the company as the Daily News‘ Spanish-language publication, Hora Hispana, was phased out. Journalist Maite Junco, editor Rodolfo Quebleen, and sales representative Jose Santiago were all let go when the Daily News pulled the plug on Hora Hispana, according to CapitalNewYork.com.

El Diario offered some parting words of advice to readers:

If you have any further questions, do not be afraid to consult with El Diario / La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language media in all the United States with nearly 100 years as the voice of the Hispanic community. And this Sunday do not miss our special supplement on the presence and influence in New York of the children of the Island of Enchantment.

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