Aurora Asks Community For Help In Bringing Back Puerto Rican Heritage Parade And Festival

Andy Dahn
May 08, 2019 - 9:06 am
Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Parade and Festival

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Leaders of one western suburb said a popular parade and festival is back on this summer, but they'll need the community's help.

"Today, I'm happy to announce that the 47th Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Parade and Festival is back on in Aurora," Mayor Richard Irvin said on Tuesday. "We want to see this go forward."

Irvin said the city is committed to working with the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Center to ensure the one-day parade and festival can take place on July 28.

"Instead of having the annual festival at RiverEdge Park, as originally planned, the Council has decided to bring the festivities back to its original roots," said Mirna Lopez-Rivera, Vice President of the group. "That means celebrating in the heart of downtown Aurora."

That move is expected to save money, but the group will still need to raise about $14,000, and hopes a GoFundMe page will make it happen.

"Whether it's $5, $10, $100, this is about community coming together," Lopez-Rivera said. "There is power in numbers. We cannot do this alone."

Irvin called on residents to step up.

"We had an outpouring of disappointment and anger when the cancellation was announced. Folks took to social media and talked about the fact that we needed to do something to make sure this parade was not cancelled. Now, we need those folks to put money where their mouth is."