Corporate sponsors dropped out over the decision to grant the honorary title of “National Freedom Hero” to Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, a former member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation, or FALN, a group that wanted independence for Puerto Rico.
The fire department’s Hispanic society president said the decision didn’t matter; if Lopez Rivera was marching, they wouldn’t.
The row ensnared Mayor Bill de Blasio, who for weeks defended his decision to march but on Monday said he had been uncomfortable with it all along.
The board was overhauled.
The 2000 Puerto Rican Day parade was dedicated to Pedro Albizu Campos, leader of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, who urged islanders to start an armed struggle for independence, and who in 1950 was convicted of inciting his followers to try to kill the US president Harry Truman.