Puerto Rican Day a success in Hartford

June 14, 2018 by  

Thousands of Hartford residents and visitors lined the city streets recently to celebrate the 2018 Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui, according to an article on the NBC Connecticut website.

According to officials, almost 3,000 people took part in the parade, including elected officials, entertainers, first responders, cultural groups, school bands, school groups, and honorees.

Jose Mendez, a Hartford resident, said the parade was ‘awesome’, adding the occasion was a ‘great day for Puerto Rico’. His enthusiasm was echoed by New Britain resident Evelyn Cruz, who was glad to be there, particularly as the weather was nice.

The parade route was over a mile, and people enjoyed dancing and music all the way to Main Street from Wethersfield Avenue, where the parade started. The procession ended at Bushnell Park, at the Festival del Coqui.

At the festival, musical groups, solo artists, and cultural acts performed while people enjoyed typical Puerto Rican food such as fritters, kabobs, roast pork, and yellow rice sold by various vendors. Others sold handmade art and craft objects associated with the island.

Perhaps the best tribute of all came from Manchester resident Carlos Montanez, who proclaimed:

“I love Puerto Rico!”

Events like this can be even more festive if organizers work with a banner printing company to create banners to line a parade route.