On April 28, 2018 the streets of the City Beautiful of Orlando, Florida were filled with thousands of individuals representing the Puerto Rican Diaspora of Central Florida. The 2nd Annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade & Festival took place in downtown Orlando and was televised on WFTV Channel 9. The theme of this year’s celebration was , “New Beginnings” alluding to the large migration of Puerto Ricans to the central Florida area as a result of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. However, the reality is that there was already a large group of Puerto Ricans already residing in the Central Florida area. The parade offered an opportunity for individuals to share their cultural traditions, including food, dance, dress, with the community. The parade participants included a variety of non-profit organizations, elected officials, candidates, and businesses that expressed support to the Puerto Rican community.
Mision Boricua, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) participated with the goal to share their purpose and mission with the Central Florida community. The Mision Boricua parade float was designed and constructed by a group of members. The theme was based on a poem by Juan Antonio Corretjer, “Borincano aunque naciera en la luna” that was later developed into a song, “Boricua en la luna.” The backdrop was a 7 ft moon with a traditionally dressed “jibara” singing an excerpt of the Fiel de la Vega’s song, “Boricua en la Luna” and Residente’s “Hijos del Canaveral” all while members dressed in Astronaut & Traditional PR Costumes handed out literature outlining the the organization’s mission and the poem referenced above.