Ricky Martin is King of Puerto Rican Day

Ricky Martin was the king of the parade yesterday. The Puerto Rican pop star was named King of the Puerto Rican parade on Sunday as tens of thousands gathered to celebrate their homeland.

The pop star was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a ceremonial ribbon cutting before ascending a float that promoted the Ricky Martin Foundation, which advocates for child welfare around the world.

Fans screamed as the float made its way up Fifth Avenue. “We were about to pass out, we were so happy to see him,” said Tania Ochoteco, 33, of the Bronx.

More screams greeted last year’s grand marshals Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, who made a surprise repeat appearance on separate floats.

The event was also prime viewing for Latino lovers everywhere.


Many more photos of Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin after the jump.

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