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August 10, 2017

Mayor Baraka to Lead Eighth Annual Ecuadorian Parade as its "King"

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Newark, NJ –- August 10, 2017 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka will lead the eighth Annual Ecuadorian Parade as its “King” on Sunday, August 13, at 1 p.m., starting at Ferry Street and Edison Place in Newark’s East Ward, joining Ecuadorian-American leaders, dignitaries, and community members from across the state in this annual celebration of Ecuadorian independence. Other honorees include: East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador as Grand Ambassador, Council Member at Large Luis Quintana as Godfather, and Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles as its Woman of the Year.

The annual parade honors the “First cry of Independence” in America, which took place in Quito, Ecuador, in August 10, 1809, beginning that nation’s and the South American continent’s efforts to gain independence from their Spanish and Portuguese colonial rulers.

The parade will include live music and entertainment. Scheduled entertainers include Los Búfalos, Vicente Fernández, Show Scorpion, Piedad Torres, Nicky Bravo, Sandrita Rey, Claudio Lozano, and many more. A Grand Ecuadorian Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 at 44 Clover Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is being organized by the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, under its president, Diego Munoz.

For more information on the festival, contact (973) 418-3632 or e-mail:

Who:               Mayor Ras J. Baraka

                        Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles

                        Ecuadorian-American dignitaries and community members


What:             Will lead the eighth Annual Ecuadorian Parade as its “King”


When:             Sunday, August 13

                        1 p.m.


Where :           Ferry Street and Edison Place



For more information, contact the Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004.