The first New York Puerto Rican Day Parade was held on Sunday, April 12 1958 in “Barrio” in Manhattan. Amongst its founders were; JosÃ© “Chuito” Caballero, Peter Ortiz, Luisa Quintero, Victor LÃ³pez, Luis Amando Feliciano, Vicente HernÃ¡ndez, Angel M. Arroyo, Atanacio Rivera Feliciano, y Amalio Maisanave RÃos. Its first President was Victor LÃ³pez and it was coordinated by JosÃ© Caballero. The Grand Marshall was Oscar GonzÃ¡lez Suarez, Esq.
Prominent personalites from Puerto Rico headed by then Governor Don Luis MuÃ±oz Marin, attended the initial parade. Several Mayors from Puerto Rico, led by the Mayor of the Municipality of Corozal, Hon. Leo Cabranes also participated.