There’s no raining on René Pérez Joglar’s parade…
The 36-year-old Puerto Rican singer-composer and Calle 13 frontman, best known by his stage name Residente, has been named the king of New York City’s upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Pérez, known as much for his music as for his social commentary and actions that include regular meetings with Latin American presidents, and recently, a collaboration with Julian Assange on the title track of the band’s recent album Multi-Viral, will be grand marshall of the parade, which will take place on June 8.
The front man of the record-holding Latin Grammy-winning group follows Latin music stars like Marc Anthony as king of the massive event on New York’s Fifth Avenue.
Pérez is an outspoken supporter of the Puerto Rican Independence movement.
The parade will also honor the two greats of Latin music, Cheo Feliciano and Gran Combo of Puerto Rico founder Eddie Pérez, both of whom who died in the past year.