Ivan Rodriguez played for the Yankees in 2008.
A former Yankee will be honored at the Puerto Rican Day Parade’s diamond jubilee.
Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez is among the Latino luminaries who’ll celebrate the 60th anniversary of the vibrant, manic march up Manhattan’s Fifth Ave. that pays tribute to Puerto Rican culture and individual achievements.
Rodriguez, the Cooperstown-bound backstop who played for the Yankees in 2008, was named “padrino” — godfather — for the June 11 parade at a press event Tuesday on the Freedom Tower’s 102nd floor observatory.
Other honorees include iconic entertainer Iris Chacón, salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, Brooklyn-born actors Lana Parilla and J.W. Cortes, and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
“Our community creates lots of talent, lots of richness, lots of arts and lots of culture,” said Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade board’s chair.
“This year is about legacies and collective achievement and not losing sight of all the people in Puerto Rico that keep the hope alive, that keep our traditions.”
The Puerto Rican Day Parade is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Chacón, the curvaceous singer-dancer whose ’70s variety show was a huge hit on Spanish-language TV, was named the parade’s godmother. Santa Rosa is grand marshal, while Hernandez, who won a gold medal at the 2016 games, is athlete of the year.
Parilla, the Evil Queen on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” is parade queen. Cortes, a Marine veteran and ex-NYPD cop who now co-stars on TV’s “Gotham,” was given the annual “Nuestro Orgullo” — our pride — award.
“It’s an incredible honor for me and for my family to be honored today,” said Cortes. “I’m just a little bit overwhelmed to think about where we’ve gone and where we’ve yet to go as a people.”
An estimated crowd of more than 1 million revelers is expected to display its Puerto Rican pride along Fifth Ave. from 44th St. to 79th St., while cheering on about 100,000 marchers from the New York area as well as Puerto Rico.
But the annual event is also the centerpiece of an ongoing effort to help elevate the Puerto Rican community — in the U.S. as well as on the island — through education.
Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez will also be honored at this year’s parade.
This year, the parade’s board of directors reached its goal of awarding 100 scholarships worth $2,000 each to deserving high school and college students — up from 60 last year and just five in 2013, before the current board took charge.
“Since taking over the parade in 2014…we’ve created it to be a platform to express who we are,” said Cortes-Vazquez.
“We are an extended nation (that’s) nine million strong, regardless of where we live. We are bound together as a people, not only by language and culture, but by traditions, by passion and by a commitment to our culture.
“And that, for us, is an amazing feat.”