Since its inception, the Puerto Rican Day Parade has been a flamboyant display of flags on, basically, any and every surface. Whether chancletas or a bikini, the Puerto Rican flag is a staple of pride that gets its spotlight every June on Fifth Avenue.

While it may seem an ostentatious exhibit, the unapologetic display of Puerto Rican flags is, in fact, a political statement. Rooted in Puerto Rico’s Nationalist Party, the island’s flag was banned by a Gag Law in 1948. The law prohibited the possession and display of any monoestrellada, as the flag is commonly known in the island. It wasn’t until 1952, when Governor Luis Muñoz Marín established the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that the island formally adopted the flag as its official emblem.

The history of repression and colonization is a repetitive theme for the Puerto Rican community, both in and out of the island, who’ve adopted the symbol of the flag as a statement of resistance. More recently, artists in the island have recreated the flag in black and white as a metaphor of the collective mourning Puerto Ricans currently experience in the middle of an economic, social, and political crisis, that was exacerbated by Hurricane María in 2017.

Therefore, the Puerto Rican Day Parade is an annual chance to celebrate survival and resistance the only way boricuas know how: being extra proud. We can only expect the best fashion to come.

Here are a few ideas, so that you can represent la bandera:

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Yo Soy boricua earrings

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Yo Soy Boricua is back by popular demand and just in time for the Puerto Rican Day parade in NYC. If you are interested, please click the link in my profile to purchase a pair. Details • wood •acrylic paint • pencil • nickel free back post • paint sealer • length 2.13 x width 1.14 inches #handpaintedearrings #yosoyboricua #latinaboss #puertorico #teampuertorico #latinafashion #puertoricoart #puertoricoholic #puertoricolife #boricuapride #tsrtalent #handmadeearrings #puertoricostrong #wearableart #puertoricostyle #boricuastyle #earringsoftheday #latinastyle #latinaartist #afroboricua #latinabloggers #fashionearrings #puertoricodoesitbetter #earringslover #puertoricoflag #puertoricanartist #boricuapride #puertoricoselevanta #wearart #bossbabe @puertoricogram @puertoricoholic @puertoricanflagsup @weallgrowlatina @thepuertoricanmovement @fiercebymitu @peoplechica @mibandera787 @tainobrand @puertoricanflagsup

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These earrings by AirbySir made from wood and acrylic paint are a unique way to represent Boricua pride, no matter the outfit you choose to wear.

2

A boricua flag sarong

Let’s be real. These Manhattan streets get as hot as a caldero, so surviving the hours-long parade is all about comfort. A sarong made from Puerto Rican flags is the perfect option to avoid extra sweat.

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A bandana

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Hola! Mi nombre es Rocco! ❤️ Hace 5 años fui adoptado de @arfrinconpr en Rincón. Desde entonces, como pueden ver he vivido una vida plena y feliz con una familia que me adora. Siempre me preguntan qué raza soy y nadie sabe… por ende siempre digo que soy un #puertorrican terrier” #satopr . Hoy es el día nacional de adoptar un perro de albergue… si estás considerando tener una mascota, te invito a adoptar una en vez de comprar, les prometo que será el amor más puro y agradecido. . Gracias a @woof_portraits por capturar esta bella foto con mi mega sonrisa & @boneandorange por esta bandana para poder decir que soy un “puertorrican terrier” ❤️ #AdoptaShelterdog #adoptdontshop . . Follow my cool pawfriends: @pupchuela @weardonsimon @fluffy_theaussie @maggie_the_tropical_golden2015 @woahdooditswillow @foxy_tropicalfox @stella_tropicalaussie @aurora_thehusky1 @thewhitegoldendoodle @maxbeaglepet @zeus.saywoof @phoebe_leon_ . . . #dogsofpuertorico #petfriendlypr #terriermix #satostrong #scruffydog #doglove #puertorico #dogphotography #boldcolor #dogmomlove #adoptlove #puertoricoflag #happydog #bestwoof #tot #tongueouttuesday #love #dogsofinstagram #dogs #dogphoto

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Boricua dogs are also too proud to shy away from the parade. Show off your Puerto Rican Terrier’s identity with a bandana made from a flag.

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A minimal T-shirt

Channel your inner San Benito with this tee by the Ricky Martin Foundation, benefiting victims of Hurricane María on the island.

5

Nike Air Max Puerto Rico

The new drop en la calle are Nike’s latest tribute to Puerto Rico featuring tiny banderas on the backs.

6

Hija de tu Madre jacket

This Hija de tu Madre jacket is the way to go if you want to keep your statement chic. If sequins aren’t your thing, sew your own bandera to the back of any jacket to achieve the look.

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A glitzy cape

If you want to go all out, go for a cape that Walter Mercado would be proud of. Or see if you can borrow this custom-made cape from its new owner, Lin-Manuel Miranda.