Contact: Kelly Vence


Public Information Office




Elizabeth, NJJuly 16, 2012 -- On Friday, July 20th at 5:30 p.m., Mayor J. Christian Bollwage will kick off a weekend full of celebrations, joining members from the Peruvian community in a flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall, located at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza. The festivities will continue on Sunday, July 22nd from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. as a Peruvian parade will take place.

“Our diversity is one of Elizabeth’s greatest assets and the individuality of our many cultures is what makes our City great,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am positive that these upcoming events will bring a greater awareness to the Peruvian culture and history to our community.”

The parade, which will include the parade coordinators Peruvians’ for Progress Inc., as well as members from Peruvian community, will march from Front Street, up Elizabeth Avenue and conclude in front of City Hall. The 3 regions of Peru; the coast, the jungle, and the mountains will each be represented on a float. In particular, Machu Picchu which is one of the wonders of the world and part of the mountainous region is also being featured.

Immediately following the procession, there will be a show featuring Peruvian music and dance. The choreographed piece will showcase the famous Peruvian Scissors Dance, originally from the south-central Andes.

“The flag raising Friday is only the beginning to a weekend of celebration,” said Ezzio Bustamante, President of Peruvians for Progress Inc. “The parade and festival will truly highlight the beauty and integrity of the Peruvian heritage.”

For more information please call 908-346-1528.