Over 170 members of the #OurPowerPRnyc coalition united as one contingent to deliver the message, "El poder lo tenemos nosotros puertorriquenos (Puerto Rican People Have the Power!)".
Our contingent included CJA, Muevete, El Maestro Boxing Club and Cultural Center, North Bronx Racial Justice, Tambor Pre-School, NRDC, and CHULO among others. The contingent was led by three youth activists carrying the UPROSE banner. Elizabeth Yeampierre followed in the UPROSE sunflower-decorated, electric car. Alongside the car were two CHULO models looking like royal guards.
After this came the first two of the art brigades: the puzzle map of Puerto Rico honoring the living and the over 4500 dead, and the mangrove tree accompanied by an intergenerational collective of kids, teens, young adults and elders carrying paper puppet animals native to Puerto Rico's ecosystem that had #justtransition and #justrecovery messaging on the converse side of the art.
Next came the official #OurPowerPRnyc float. It was decorated with a traditional casita at the front, and on its porch we had elders and Nuyorican celebrities carrying political messaging as well as a light brigade. These icons included Nitza Tufino, Nancy Mercado, Arthur Aviles, Ana Rokafella Garcia, Gabriel Kwikstep Dionisio, Elena Martinez and Ronnie Rafaela Billini. The float featured members of Bomba Yo on the stage performing while the Women Warriors marched and danced alongside the float as it traveled in the middle of our contingent up Fifth Avenue
Behind the float came the young boxers from El Maestro. Immediately behind them came our third art brigade that showcased a huge Taino/Arahuaco-inspired puppet hurricane whose message was that disaster capitalism and PROMESA were the real hurricane.
At the tail end came two banners and dozens of marchers carrying black flag parasols.