Viva Puerto Rico! Parade And Festival Fill The Seaside Air

PR parade arch
One of the first floats enters Seaside Park under the Perry Memorial Arch.

Oh baby, Puerto Ricans know how to party and parade and applaud. Sunday afternoon what started at Central High School in the lower North End traversed down Park Avenue into spectacular Seaside Park on a scrumptious day loaded with floats, bands, music, politicians and shouts of ethnic pride in Bridgeport that is home to the largest Puerto Rican population in the state. The Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County celebrated its 25th year.

Eva Bermudez
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, embraced the peace and love at Seaside Park.

PR crowd
Crowd inside park near the arch.
PR float
Parade featured many festive floats.
PR food
Let’s eat!


  1. Always a great event with Puerto Ricans pride. Even for myself who reside in the South End driving home from church was really no big problem.

  2. I was proud to celebrate today at Seaside Park. It was truly and amazing success. Those that participated and those that observed were all caught up n the excitement. Today we were all proud Puerto Ricans. A bright note considering the sadness that has consumed most Puerto Ricans and their families since the Hurricanes devastaded the Islands.

    It was great to most of the elected officials as well as those running for office. some of the floats were spectacular and the performers were so terrific. A great day in the Park City.

  3. *** Lets hope everyone had a good time & the over-all problems posed & to be taken care of by first responder’s were minimal at best. Maybe this yearly event’s route can also be changed to Seaside Park & ending at the end of the park on Main St with the festival’s latin music starting at 4:pm till dusk. Again using city approved parking areas & shuttle buses to cut down on the park traffic. For traffic & clean-up purposes the city & state can use the help of the Pal-cadets & clients of the state’s AIC programs that have community service to complete as part of their court agreed terms to cut down on the city’s man power, etc.. ***


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