Connecticut College well represented at New London parade
Connecticut College was well represented by an enthusiastic group of students, staff and faculty in the first ever We Are New London Somos New London Parade on Sunday, Sept. 25. The parade, on State Street in downtown New London, was organized by New Londoners Wanda Cotto and City Counselors Efrain Dominguez and Anthony Nolan to bring people together to honor the rich diversity of New London.
“We are beautiful! We are strong! We are United! We are New London!” was the theme as people of all ages and backgrounds came together in a spirit of solidarity and unity on this beautiful sunny Sunday.
Many New London schools participated, with children, teachers, principals and Superintendent of Schools Manuel Rivers proudly holding school banners from Winthrop Science & Technology Elementary School, Jennings Elementary School, New London High School and the Science & Technology Magnet High School.
Connecticut College joined the march proudly displaying the Connecticut College banner and supporting the We Are New London Somos New London principles. President Katherine Bergeron and her husband Butch Rovan joined the lively Connecticut College contingent marching down State Street and assembling at the Parade Plaza.
Mayor of New London Michael Passero ’79 and M’89 read a proclamation honoring the Grand Marshal of the parade, Zenaida Martinez, for her many years of teaching service in New London and local youth groups performed a range of dances.
“It was an excellent opportunity to gather together as members of the New London community and march collectively for unity and peace,” said Rocio Cardenas ’19.