Please join us at the
52nd anniversary of Long Island’s largest parade, the
Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade in Brentwood, NY
Sunday, June 3, 2018
This year’s theme, “El Puente de la Esperanza / The Bridge of Hope” will highlight Puerto Rico’s recovery post Hurricane Maria, while celebrating how communities come together in times of need through culture and art. Our ability to unify in times of crisis, reflects the strength and resilience of our people.
We are asking any Suffolk County Community College students and alumni to come out and support this parade this year.One of our very own will be the Grand Marshall!!
Christina Vargas will be the Grand Marshall!!!
TO: The College Community
FROM: Christopher Adams, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
SUBJECT: Christina Vargas Named as Grand Marshal of the
52nd Annual Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade – Sunday, June 3rd
I am pleased to share with the college community that Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer for Suffolk County Community College, has been selected as this year’s Grand Marshal for Long Island’s largest parade—the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade. The parade will be held this coming Sunday, June 3rd, commencing at noon and ending at approximately 3 p.m.
As always, the parade is scheduled to take place, rain or shine, in Brentwood. With tens of thousands of spectators lining the parade route along Fifth Avenue in Brentwood, thousands of marchers will head north for almost 1½ miles from the Southern State Parkway Service Road to 4th Avenue.
We are encouraging all College faculty, staff, students, alumni and families to join us and march in support of this important community event and in celebration of Christina’s recognition as Grand Marshal. The position line-up begins at 10 a.m., and all participants must be in position before 11 a.m. as streets will eventually be closed. The College’s parade line-up position is #7 (right behind our Grand Marshal). Anyone planning to march should arrive at our meeting location, which is 5th Industrial Court (off Fifth Avenue), in Bay Shore, NY.
This year’s parade theme, “El Puente de la Esperanza / The Bridge of Hope,” will highlight Puerto Rico’s recovery following Hurricane Maria, while celebrating how communities come together in times of need through culture and art.
Christina, along with the other parade honorees, epitomize the event theme, as each of these individuals brings hope to the local community through their daily work:
- Grand Marshal: Christina Vargas, Chief Diversity Officer, Suffolk County Community College
- Presidential Award: Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, DuWayne Gregory
- Sandra M. Gil Champion Award: Isabel Sepulveda, Long Island East End Advocate
- Nilda Alvarez Social Justice Award: Irma Solis, NYCLU, Long Island Chapter Director
- Roberto Clemente Humanitarian Award: Sam Cruz, KBG Logistics
The music, floats, dancers and artistic displays will all be part of the day’s excitement. We hope you will join us in celebrating Suffolk County Community College and Christina Vargas as the parade’s Grand Marshal. I am confident it will be an enjoyable day of community and culture!
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