Sonia Manzano to March in National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Sonia, and other participants in the parade were at a press conference yesterday at the New York headquarters of Banco Popular. Said Brian Doran, New York Region Executive for the bank:
“We were the first corporate sponsor of the Parade, and we are thrilled to continue to honor the spirit and culture of the Puerto Rican community 50 years later. We are also excited to invite Mr. Javier Colón, an emerging powerful voice, to join us on our float and have him share his unwavering determination and enthusiasm for his talent with all of the parade attendees. The Bank also has plans to unveil a new float design which will have the talented youth dancers from Ballet Hispánico School of Dance performing in front of it.”
Sonia Manzano is a first-generation Puerto Rican who has affected the lives of millions of parents and children since the 1970s, when she was offered an opportunity to play “Maria” on Sesame Street. She has 15 Emmy Awards to date as part of the Sesame Street writing staff. Her first young adult novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano will be published and released by Scholastic on September 1, 2012.
Manzano received The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award in Washington DC, and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education in 2003. She was voted one of the most influential Hispanics by People Magazine en Español (February 2007).