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Organizers Prepare for Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade

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The Puerto Rican Day Parade is preparing to march up 5th Avenue this weekend, despite worries a few months ago that there might not even be a parade.

A new board of directors had to be installed in February after a state investigation revealed the misuse of nearly a million dollars.

With a new administration and a new board, maintenance of the floats was in full swing in Clifton, New Jersey.

There are fewer floats this year, but the board says all systems are go.

"The love that people have for this parade was what fueled the board every day to keep going forward, against all adversity, against every barrier. We've been very blessed because we've had lots of great partners,” said Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, chairperson of National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.

"Every float has to have a Puerto Rican theme, some kind of theme that represents Puerto Rico so it's a little more work this year,” said float foreman Kirk Mackinson.

"We were worried first about the existence of course of the Puerto Rican Parade at all but come through and it's just like the other times,” carpenter and artist Jack Stroinski.

The Parade kicks off 11 a.m. Sunday.

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