A little history lesson …
- Puerto Rico has been part of US territory since 1898. Notable migration from Puerto Rico to Chicago began in the 1940′s to fill jobs in various US industries.
- The Puerto Rican Parade Committee is the oldest existing Puerto Rican organization in Chicago.
- When the parade was founded in 1964 the celebration originally commemorated El Día de San Juan and was organized by Los Caballeros de San Juan, one of the first Puerto Rican religious and social organizations in Chicago.
- Los Caballeros de San Juan was a religious institution with the goal of promoting integration of Puerto Rican migrants into mainstream Chicago life.
- El Día de San Juan celebrations was renamed to the Puerto Rican Parade in the year 1966.
- It was during the first Puerto Rican Parade on June 12, 1966 that one of the first Puerto Rican riots in the U.S. began. The riot, one of many urban disturbances across the nation in the 1960s was in response to the shooting of a young Puerto Rican man by Chicago police.