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Plans unveiled for virtual National Puerto Rican Day celebration

Plans unveiled for virtual National Puerto Rican Day celebration
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Organizers of the canceled Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York plan a TV special to celebrate the territory's heritage and culture.

The parade, one of the most attended yearly events in Manhattan, was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

To celebrate Puerto Rico, however, organizers will plan a 90-minute show on ABC on June 14 that will feature television appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and actor of the "Hamilton" play, as well as Hispanic community leader Luis Miranda, Jr.

The television show will be co-produced by WABC-TV, ABC's flagship affiliate, and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) committee.

WABC-TV and NPRDP announced the TV special Tuesday. 

“The Parade is more than a celebration of pride and culture. It’s a platform for preserving our heritage while advancing our community by informing on important issues and promoting educational achievement,” said NPRDP board Chairman Louis Maldonado in a statement.

"Given the profound impact COVID-19 has had on New York and communities across the nation, and with Puerto Rico still grappling with incessant earthquakes and its own COVID19-related pause, the Parade Board agrees it’s critically important to continue the Parade’s legacy while celebrating our resilience,” added Maldonado.

The show will also serve as a fundraiser for NPRDP's scholarship fund, which for four years has awarded $200,000 to select high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors of Puerto Rican descent.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade Celebration will air at noon ET on June 14 on WABC-TV and streaming services.