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Labor leader Dennis Rivera will be the grand marshal of this year's National Puerto Rican Day Parade, to be held on Sunday, June 8 in New York City. It's the first time the 51-year-old parade will honor a labor leader, said the parade's chairwoman, Madelyn Lugo. "It was about time," she said. "He's been working for a long time in the labor movement, to which we Puerto Ricans have participated a lot." The Puerto Rican parade is one of the city's most massive and colorful events, attracting over 2 million people every year to Fifth Ave.

Rivera, the longtime head of Local 1199 SEIU, New York's largest health care union, is vice president of the international union, which has 1.6 million members nationwide.

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn), the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, received the parade's Life Time Achievement Award.

(nydailynews.com)

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