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5 Puerto Rican Parades and Festivals in Connecticut

It’s time to shout and sing “Que bonita bandera, la bandera Puertorriqueña” sung by Plena Libre at Puerto Rican parades and festivals in Connecticut.

In the Puerto Rican Day Parade, you celebrate being boricua and create awareness and appreciation for Puerto Rican culture and history. The events highlight the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to others, according to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.

“Cultural identity and expression are important to who we are as Puerto Ricans, and being able to celebrate the richness of our culture, while sharing it with the greater New Haven community, is special,” said Joe Rodriguez, President and Board of Directors of PRU. – New Haven Puerto Rican Festival.


The CICD Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter has announced its dates for Connecticut Puerto Rican Day parades and festivals for summer 2022.

“Our parade weekend is everything. It reaffirms that Puerto Ricans are here and we will continue to educate our youth and community about our culture and traditions,” said Fairfield County, Inc. Puerto Rican Parade Chairman. , Efrain “Frankie” Colon. “It’s a big deal for the Puerto Rican community because it makes them feel like they’re in Puerto Rico even though it’s thousands of miles away. It keeps Puerto Rico present in their daily lives.”

Here are five Puerto Rican parades and festivals to go to:

Norwich Boriken Festival

Norwich


Optimus Healthcare employees carry a giant Puerto Rican flag as they march in Fairfield County’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade down Park Avenue in Bridgeport on Sunday.

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Norwich’s first Boriken Festival takes place on Saturday June 11 and according to the event’s Facebook page, it’s the day to celebrate culture and heritage with food and music.


Fairfield County Puerto Rican Parade and Festival

Bridgeport


Sujeily Rivera, center, and Aida Fernandez, right, of Bridgeport, cheer on marchers and floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Sujeily Rivera, center, and Aida Fernandez, right, of Bridgeport, cheer on marchers and floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

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The Fairfield County Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. will host the “29th Fairfield County Puerto Rican Parade and Festival” in Bridgeport on July 10th. The non-profit organization has promoted Puerto Rican culture, heritage and traditions in Fairfield County since 1993. The parade will descend Park Avenue and end at Seaside Park where the festival takes place. There will be food and vendors as well as free entertainment.

“We were granted permission by the city of Bridgeport last year to have our full parade and a modified festival where we held a vaccination clinic and encouraged our community to get vaccinated,” said the county’s Puerto Rican parade chairman. of Fairfield, Inc., Efrain “Frankie” Colon. “This year, we are thrilled to return to our community with our parade in full glory.”



Meriden Puerto Rican Festival

meridian


The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade down Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade down Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

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The annual Meriden Puerto Rican Festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The 55-year-old Puerto Rican festival will return to town on Sunday, August 7 at Hubbard Park



New Haven Puerto Rican Festival

New Haven


Fans enjoy the music during the Puerto Rican Day Festival Sunday in New Haven.  volpe file photo

Fans enjoy the music during the Puerto Rican Day Festival Sunday in New Haven. volpe file photo

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Puerto Ricans United, Inc. (PRU) will host the sixth Puerto Rican Festival in New Haven on Saturday, August 13. The PRU was created due to a growing demand from Puerto Ricans living in the New Haven area. “If you lived, worked or visited New Haven in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s, then you remember the Areyto Festival, the Puerto Rican Party Parade and the Loiza Festival were all signs that summer was here in our city,” the band’s website said. The festival scheduled for 2021 has been canceled.



Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui

Hartford


The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade down Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade down Park Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media

After two years, the CICD Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade & Festival del Coqui will return this summer on Sunday, August 21 in Hartford. According to the event’s website, the parade has nearly 3,000 participants and is the largest parade in Hartford. Immediately after the parade, the Festival del Coquí starts with the presentation of the American and Puerto Rican “anthems”, the presentation of the flag and the presentation of the winners. People can enjoy live music, art, and food.


Rodney N.

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