Photo/Story Gallery 2008

Trooper Joins Puerto Rican Parade

Trooper Torres stands beside Jacksonville Sheriff Rutherford before the parade begins.Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Maria Torres (Jacksonville) had an opportunity to participate in the active Hispanic community in Jacksonville during another successful Puerto Rican parade with more than 15,000 participants. The parade and associated activities represented a celebration of Puerto Rico’s culture and influence in the Jacksonville area.

The parade served as the finale of Puerto Rico Week, which included a proclamation from Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton. The parade was dedicated to San German, Puerto Rico, and honored the military and the 65th Infantry.

Pictured: Trooper Maria Torres stands beside Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford before the parade begins.

Quick Facts:

Fast growth: Hispanics are the nation’s largest minority group, 45.5 million in 2007.

Minority nation: Minorities, now one-third of the nation, will become the majority in 2042. By 2050, minorities will make up 54 percent of the population.

Huge impact: The Hispanic population is expected to nearly triple by 2050. Nearly one in three Americans will be Hispanic.

Young population: By 2050, four in 10 children will be Hispanic.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau