¡Bienvenidos a Nuestra Nueva Era!

2023 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Board of Directors & Support Staff from left to right: Kelvin Molina-Brantley - Chair, Juan Falcon, Shirley Rodriguez - Parade Administrator, Veronice Santana, Brendaliz Cepeda, Henry East-Trou - Treasurer, Sasha Viands - Vice Chair. 

Since our founding over 30 years ago, our community has played a significant role in the success of our parade. As we continue to grow and evolve, we ask our community to join us in celebrating 

Nuestra Nueva Era de Transformación.

Nuestra Nueva Visión y Misión

We are excited to announce that the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee has transformed itself into an official nonprofit organization! We are committed to preserving our current legacy while embracing new ideas and initiatives to ensure our parade remains relevant for years to come. Our board of directors recently met to discuss the organization’s new vision and mission. Without further ado, we proudly present nuestra nueva Visión y Misión.

We look forward to working alongside our community as we explore ways to expand the reach and impact of our beloved parade. ¡Pa’lante!

Introducing New Leadership

Kelvin Molina-Brantley Joins SPRP as Chair

We are thrilled to introduce our new Chair of the Board, Kelvin Molina-Brantley, who has been an invaluable member of the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade Committee for several years. Kelvin played a vital role in obtaining our nonprofit status and has been instrumental in our successful fundraising efforts. As our Logistics Director, Kelvin has implemented significant improvements to our parade logistics and has also chaired our first gala efforts back in 2019.

We are excited and eager to see the continued impact that Kelvin will have in this new leadership role. Join us in sharing our congratulations!

Kelvin Molina-Brantley, Chair

Saying Goodbye to Our Former Chair

Our dear friend and colleague, Victoria Ann Rodriguez, recently concluded her incredible volunteer career with the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade. Victoria has been a part of the parade since her youth, performing as a pageant princess and ultimately serving as the chair of the board for three years. The parade has always been close to Victoria's heart, and her love for it was passed down from her mother, who served as a parade chair herself. 

Victoria's impact on the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade has been immeasurable. During her time as chair of the board, she successfully led the parade through several significant transitions, including the transition from committee to nonprofit, and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also made significant improvements to the parade's registration process, established connections with other parades across the country, and forged partnerships with organizations dedicated to supporting and empowering the Puerto Rican community. Throughout her tenure, Victoria was a tireless advocate for all committee members and parade volunteers, providing support and encouragement every step of the way. 

Victoria's hard work, passion, and dedication to her culture and community have left an indelible mark on the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade. Although she is stepping away from her leadership role, she will always be found waving our beautiful flag and screaming "¡WEPA!" on parade day, which will forever be her favorite day of the year. We are grateful for Victoria's leadership and dedication, and we will miss her dearly. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. 

Other notable mentions

We are also saddened to announce the departure of two additional board members, Jade Rivera-McFarlin who played a vital role in establishing our parade’s voice through her marketing and communication expertise and Lizzy Ortiz who was instrumental in organizing parade day registrations before and during our busiest day of the year. Thank you both for your dedication and contributions to our parade. You will be missed.

From left to right: Juan Rodriguez, Jr (dad), Haydee Lambery-Rodriguez (mom), Victoria’s Rodriguez, & Ben Rodriguez (brother)

Save the Date - Parade Day!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 17th, 2023 - kick off at 11:00 AM sharp! Join us down Main Street as we celebrate our beautiful culture and community pride. Don't miss out on the excitement!



Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteers are the backbone of our parade's success, and we need your help! Please consider registering as a parade-day volunteer today. We also encourage our loyal walking groups to consider volunteering in support of our parade prior to the 11:00 AM start time or helping us with the entire parade.

With an expected growth in marchers and viewers, parade volunteers are more important than ever. Additional volunteer opportunities will be announced in our next quarterly newsletter, including volunteers for gala and planning/logistics efforts. Please help us establish our strong parade-day team needed for our success. Sign up to volunteer today!

2023 Parade Theme Request

We are excited to introduce a new and inclusive process for selecting our annual parade theme, and it includes you! In the past, the committee has carefully chosen themes that reflect the community's hope and perseverance through our many challenges.

This year, however, we are seeking ideas from our community. Please enter your thoughts of inspiration using this simple form.

The deadline For submission is April 14, 2023. You may choose to provide your name and email for acknowledgment but it is not mandatory. The board will make its decision during April's meeting, and the chosen theme will be revealed immediately after on Facebook. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us. ¡Juntos progresamos!

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