The 7th annual Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade was held in downtown Hartford Sunday, June 5. Despite rain storms thousands of people lined the city’s streets honking horns and waving flags as they took part in the cultural celebration. Following the parade, the party moved to Bushnell Park for the Festival del Coqui, featuring food, music, and games.
Yesterday’s CICD Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter was dedicated to the Hispanic Federation for our work on the crisis in Puerto Rico. Our CT State DirectorIngrid Alvarez-Dimarzo walked the parade with former Mayor of Hartford Pedro Segarra, Senator Richard Blumenthal, State Representative Robert Sanchez, StateSenator Terry Gerratana and many others. While the parade marched on, we had volunteers registering parade goers to vote, inspiring a Movimiento Hispano in Connecticut!
The pageant which has been ongoing for over 45 years, selects one winner in three different categories – Little Miss, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Puerto Rico of Hartford. “We are very proud of the smart and beautiful young women this pageant attracts. They are great representatives of the Latino community and a great kickoff to the tradition of the Puerto Rican Day Parade here in Hartford,” says Sammy Vega, President of the Connecticut Institute for Community Development – Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter (CICD), which sponsors the pageant and the parade.
The pageant’s goal is to educate and inspire contestants to develop confidence and teamwork. Most of all, it aims to give them an appreciation for the richness of their Puerto Rican heritage. Each contestant is assigned a Puerto Rican town, usually their parents’ or grandparents’ hometown, and is required to learn the history of that community. Each contestant must then demonstrate and display its uniqueness during the cultural costume portion of the pageant. Each town has its unique history, which will inspire the historic cultural costume. The candidates will continue to show their pride during the talent competition where they will perform their “talentos tipicos” (traditional talents). Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the great talents of our youth as they take you on a trip to the Island of Enchantment, “Isla del Encanto,” which is our beloved island of Puerto Rico.
We are proud to support all the cultures that we have here in Hartford.Big shouts to my boriquas! Even when it started to rain we were still out there having a good time.Toma!!!!