P.R. Parade 20th anniversary kicked off with culture

This Friday, Nov. 16, the Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County is kicking off its 20th anniversary year with a “Recuerdos de la Patria” event, or Memories of the Homeland” in English. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1691 Main St. in Bridgeport. Attendees will be treated to wine, cheese and special guests talking about traditional music and dances from the Caribbean island, the bomba and plena, among others.

The parade organization, which had a rough year under the recent leadership, chose a new board recently. The parade founder, Millie Maldonado, was elected to take over the presidency of the organization. The rest of the board consists of: Helen Cora, secretary; former councilwoman Maria Valle, vice president; Luz Martinez, treasurer; and Raul Ruiz, sergeant of arms.

Both Maldonado and Cora have said they would like to return to the true roots of the Puerto Rican culture by providing exposure to the artwork, history and music.

The first meeting of the new board will be held Wednesday (Nov.14) at 6 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity office on Barnum Avenue (next to People’s United Bank branch).

Keila Torres Ocasio