Springfield preparing for 20th annual Puerto Rican Parade

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Springfield’s Hispanic Community is gearing up for Sunday’s 20th annual Puerto Rican Parade.

Parade Marshal, Armando Feliciano proudly raised the Puerto Rican Flag at Lindo Park Friday afternoon.

This followed the parade committee’s recognition of agencies and individuals who helped some of the Hurricane Maria victims who left the island last year after the storm.

The New North Citizens Council helped many start a new life in western Massachusetts.

“We got over seven hundred kids in the school system and families are working at MGM, pride gas stations, because they’re making a difference,” Jose Claudio, CEO of New North Citizens Council told 22News.

Families who’ve re-settled in Springfield are expected to participate in Sunday’s 20th annual Puerto Rican Parade.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at Main Street and Wason Avenue.

The parade honoring culture, heritage, and ethnic pride will proceed on Main Street from the north end to downtown.

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