The 2011 New York City Puerto Rican Day Parade will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011. The parade starts at 11:00 AM at 5th Avenue and 44th Street, and will end at 5th Avenue and 79th Street. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Natural Beauty of Puerto Rico".
Because this is a very popular event, there are certain guidelines that participants in the actual parade must follow. These include such things as how many people can make up a contingent; a simple explanation of "contingent" is a group of people who are representing the same group, organization, cause, or something like that. A contingent can have 50 people in each group. There are also guidelines on how large floats can be, as well as regulations regarding driving of vehicles during the parade.
People watching the parade don't have to worry about following guidelines. They just get to stand on the street and watch the participants pass. It's free, and something everyone can enjoy.