As the city prepares for tomorrow's Puerto Rican Day Parade, the festivities officially kicked off with a formal celebration.
While finishing touches are put on the floats, the parade's organizers held the gala to honor Puerto Ricans here in the city.
Those in attendance said the annual parade is an important time for the community to come together and honor their heritage.
"The parade, I think it shows the pride and, and the culture of Puerto Ricans. It shows us getting together, and just really showing that we're proud of our culture and who we are," said Joanna DeJesus, who will participate as a princess in the parade.
"There were some that thought that the parade would not take place in 2014, and here we are, all dressed up with fancy shoes ready to give people—ready to celebrate, the best party and the best parade yet," said one gala attendee.
This is the 57th march of the parade, which some feared would not happen.
A new board of directors was installed in February after the old organizers misused close to a million dollars.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday.