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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

July 4th lineup includes Latina as parade's grand marshal


Longtime community activist Flor Gonzalez is this year's Grand Marshal.

Plainfield's 92nd annual Central Jersey July 4 Parade steps off on Saturday morning July 4 at 10 AM and proceeds down East Front Street from Johnston Avenue to Park Avenue.

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has designated Flor Gonzalez as the Grand Marshal of this year's parade.

Gonzalez, founder and president of the Latin American Coalition, has been active in providing services and assistance to Plainfield's immigrant community for over thirty years, including citizenship classes for hundreds of successful applicants.

The Latin American Coalition has also organized Plainfield's first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Gonzalez has been active in many community organizations, including serving as a commissioner on the Housing Authority of Plainfield. She is currently chairperson of the Plainfield Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs (PACHA) and served on Mayor Mapp's Transition Task Force.

After years of delayed starts under the previous administration, Mayor Mapp's first parade in 2014 stepped off on time, to the delight of the crowd.

A free concert for the public will be offered at 5:00 PM in Cedar Brook Park. This year's lineup includes Tito Puente, Jr., with a Latin Jazz band, Blue Magic, and vocalist Viola Sykes. Host of the show will be Kenny Williams, with DJ Antione Qua.

Plainfield's celebration of the nation's Independence Day will conclude at dusk with fireworks, also at Cedar Brook Park.
These get under way about 9:25 PM.
 


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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