By Maria Roman | Photos by Nestor M. Montanez
It was a gorgeous day as spectators gathered in Hartford on Thursday, June 4, when the Connecticut Institute for Community Development (CICD) Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter had its Puerto Rican flag-raising ceremonies at both City Hall and the Connecticut State Capitol.
The president of the organization, Sammy Vega, proudly announced the group’s hosting of the 6th Annual Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade, followed by the 8th Annual Festival del Coqui, which took place on Sunday, June 7. Vega spoke of the parade’s theme (Fomentando Nuestros Origenes, or Promoting our Origins), highlighting the many sights, sounds and flavors of Puerto Rican culture.
Also acknowledged were the parade delegates, who were selected from sister cities for their years of service and dedication to the Puerto Rican community and who continue to work diligently in preserving Puerto Rican culture. An invocation was gracefully delivered and the United States National Anthem was beautifully sung, along with Puerto Rico’s Anthem, “La Borinqueña.” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Connecticut Senator Angel Arce gave the acknowledgements at City Hall and the Capitol respectively, followed by representation from United States Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
The event ended with a private luncheon at the Capitol, arranged by Senator Blumenthal. Information about the Connecticut Institute for Community Development (CICD) Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter can be found on its website: https://www.hartfordprparade.com.
Parade Dedication: Brenda Torres
Grand Marshall: Eugenio Caro
Godmother: Isabel Rosa
Godfather: Jorge Gregory
Guests of Honor:
Cruzmilda “Millie” Maldonado-Bridgeport
Feny Taylor-New Haven