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Mayor Segarra and CICD PR Parade, Inc. Announce 4th Annual Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade

(April 24, 2012) –-- Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and organizers of the 2012 Miss Puerto Rico of Hartford Pageant and the 4th Annual Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade will be holding a press conference at the City Hall Atrium, 550 Main Street.  The event, which will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6 p.m., will publicly introduce this year's pageant contestants and outline the planning of the highly anticipated 4th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

 

The 18 contestants, who range in age from 7 to 18 years old, come from all across the Greater Hartford area. They will provide photo opportunities and discuss their reasons for competing. Yesenia Mojica, 2011 Miss Puerto Rico, Jossieanatte Nieves, 2011 Miss Puerto Rico Preteen, and Xaymara Del Mar, 2011 Little Miss Puerto Rico of Hartford, will also be in attendance.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade has been celebrated in Connecticut for the past 47 years, and is the longest running parade of its kind here in the state. CICD PRP Inc. continues the tradition as they host the 4th Annual Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade as an independent organization. The goal of the new board of directors continues to be to promote cultural awareness in a more collaborative way and add different elements to the parade.

"This board has hosted a very successful parade and festival for the past three years and this year we are continuing those efforts with the commitment of our organization and the support from the Mayor and the City of Hartford", said Raul Ortiz, president of CICD. "We as a volunteer board chose to continue this beautiful cultural tradition that many past leaders worked so hard to keep alive by collaboration and being innovative in the planning process." "The parade will improve each year especially if we keep true to its cultural richness."

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 very proud of the smart and beautiful young women this pageant attracts. They are great representatives of the Latino community and a great kick off the tradition of the Puerto Rican Day Parade here in Hartford," said Raul Ortiz, president of the Connecticut Institute for Community Development – Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. Hartford Chapter (CICD), which sponsors the pageant and the parade. The pageant and parade, which have been ongoing for over 45 years, selects one winner in three different categories – Little Miss, Miss Pre-Teen and Miss Puerto Rico of Hartford. The pageant will be held on Sunday, May 20 at noon at the Theater of Performing Arts at 385 Washington Street in Hartford.

2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Raul Ortiz, President, Damaris Cabrera, Chair, Victor Luna, Vice President of Events, Lisa Villafane, Vice President of Pageants, Veronica Ruiz, Treasurer, Nnamdi Singletary, Secretary, Juan Rodriguez, Sgt. of Arms, Linda Baez, Director, Idelis Caraballo, Director, Ramos Espinoza, Director , Charlene Perez, Director, Jeanette Rivera, Director, Elodia Rivera, Director, Luz Torres, Director, Luz Vazquez, Director, Sammy Vega, Jr., Director, Aura Alvarado, Advisor

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CICD is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are committed to preserving our culture by promoting leadership and education, celebrating traditions and being involved in community service for the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community.

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