Stratford business supports 2016 Puerto Rican Parade

Rosa Flores, director of Latin Rhythm Dance Studio opened her studio on Saturday, Feb. 27 to help the Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County Inc. with their recruitment of candidates for the cultural pageant held annually. Also helping with the recruitment were Edward Martinez, sergeant of arms, Iris De Lopez, pageant coordinator, Gladys A. Ramos, board member and Rosa Flores, studio director.

The Parade will be celebrating their 2016 Cultural Pageant in June. Youth between the ages of 7 and 21 are invited to participate in the 2016 PRPFC Cultural Pageant. The pageant is not a beauty pageant, but a cultural pageant. This competition inspires pride, self-confidence, self-esteem and provides an opportunity for the participants to learn about their roots, language and heritage. The participants must be Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican Ancestry and be a resident of Fairfield County.

Stratford has been represented in the Puerto Rican Parade Cultural Pageant with candidates and by two Stratford winners: 2015 Cultural Pageant Queen, Thalia Marie Perez, a student at Stratford High School, senior; and 2012 Cultural Pageant Queen, Adriana Marie Cedeno, student from Bunnell High School.

All registrations are due by March 7.  

For more information, contact Iris De Lopez, coordinator, 203-727-1775,