The Puerto Rican parade has been celebrated in Connecticut for the past 47 years, but this year’s parade will be the second hosted solely by the CICD. The goal of the new board of directors is to bring a different element to the parade by promoting cultural awareness in a more collaborative way.
“We are a new board that is trying to keep this beautiful cultural tradition alive by implementing different element such as the red carpet VIP area, celebrity hosts and cultural costumes and floats. “Throughout the years the parade has lost its cultural value and as such received negative publicity. Last year was our first attempt and we were successful but we have a long way to go. Its only going to get better” said Aura Alvarado, president of CICD.
The parade will begin at 11AM on the corner of Warwarme and Wethersfield Avenue to Main St and end at Gold St to Bushnell Park. The reviewing stand will be in front of City Hall where similar to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, there will be a guest celebrity host. Immediately following the parade the Festival del Coqui begins at 2pm at the Bushnell Park Pavilion. The parade and festival are expected to attract over 10,000 from the Greater Hartford area and other towns. Waterbury, Willimantic, Fairfield and many others have confirmed attendance. There will be many surprises throughout the parade route with some celebrity appearances on floats. At the Festival del Coqui audiences will enjoy Spanish food, local cultural entertainment, and an array of Latin music bands.
The festivities kick off on Wednesday, June 1 with the flag raising ceremonies at 12:30pm at the State Capitol and at 2:00pm at Hartford City Hall.
This year’s Hartford Delegation are:
Julio Concepcion – Grand Marshall –Metro Alliance
Kristina Kishimoto – Honorary Grand Marshall -1stPuerto Rican HPS Superintendent
Enid Rey- Godmother – City of Hartford Youth Services
Pete Rosa – Godfather – Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Nicole Farinacci – Youth Ambassador –For Her Service to Hispanic Youth
Hilberto Perez-Valentin – Guest of Honor - Mayor of Maricao
2011 Board of Directors:
Aura Alvarado, Chair/President, Damaris Cabrera, Vice President of Events, Elia Acosta, Vice President of Pageants, Veronica Ruiz, Treasurer, Idelis Caraballo, Secretary, Juan Rodriguez, Sgt. of Arms, LindaBaez, Director, Carlos Velazquez , Director Frangie Cruz, Director, Victor Luna, Director, Raul Ortiz, Director, Elodia Rivera, Director, Nnamdi Singletary, Director, Luz Torres, Director, Luz Vazquez, Director, Sammy Vega, Jr., Director, Gladys Rivera, Advisor
* CICD is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are committed to preserving our culture by promoting leadership and education, celebrating traditions and being involved in community service for the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community.
**For more information contact: Aura Alvarado, 860-250-6541 (email@example.com)