John Leguizamo Named Global Ambassador of the Arts for National Puerto Rican Day Parade

Organizers of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade named John Leguizamo the global ambassador to the arts at their press conference today in Times Square.

Like a true funnyman, the Puerto Rican/Colombian actor cracked a few his jokes about the vibe in NYC on that celebratory day: “You are not sure if they [white people] are trying to leave town that day, or trying to cross Fifth Ave,” he quipped. But the Queens native also shared how important the annual event is and what it has meant to him in the past. “For me and even other Latin people, it was such a powerful time - especially when I was growing up and there wasn't as much sense of pride. . . . To see us come out that day, it was always an emotional moment.”

The parade, which attracts over one million people, will make it’s way up Fifth Avenue June 12.

In other Leguizamo news, his one man show Ghetto Klown was just extended on Broadway until July 10! So if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, and want a good laugh, enter to win tickets right here on