NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – There were plenty of smiles at Tuesday’s press conference in New Haven to mark the return of the Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven following a two-year hiatus.
The festival will be held on the New Haven Green on Saturday, August 13. It is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture.
On Tuesday, the umbrella organization that hosts the festival, Puerto Ricans United, Inc., gathered to unveil this year’s festival dedication, headliners, and summer festivities.
They will honor Puerto Rican women.
“The women who are home taking care of their kids. The women who have to work two jobs, all of the women. Not just the professionals… all of the women but of course also the women who helped take care of this pandemic,” said Tiana Ocasio, Puerto Ricans United, Inc. secretary.
“It’s I think a big reward for us. We have worked hard the last several years to do the right thing and us being able to celebrate in person, it gives us an opportunity to pat us on the back and have a really good time this summer,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.
Though Puerto Ricans United, Inc. was forced to take a break from the festival, it never took a break from supporting the community with events like a toy, food, and clothing drives.
“So being able to celebrate what’s been a rocky two years while celebrating who we are as people together as family and friends means a lot,” said Joe Rodriguez, Puerto Ricans United, Inc. president.