188 years ago today, Peru declared its independence from Spain and Peruvians in Connecticut are celebrating. The number of Peruvians living in Connecticut continues to grow.
Music of the Andes filled Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hartford on Sunday, part of the Solemn Mass commemorating Peruvian Independence Day on July 28th, 1821. Officials from the Peruvian Consulate in Hartford were among 500 people who attended. Deputy Consul General Alfredo Chuquihuara gathered with celebrants in the church lobby after the mass.
"We have people coming from Danbury, from Stamford, from New Haven, from Providence and representing their own religious institutions organized here in the United States. For example, El Senor de los Milagros."
Members of the Peruvian religious brotherhood Hermandad Del Senor de los Milagros carried banners honoring the Lord of Miracles, a patron saint whose origins date back to the mid-17th century.
Lydia Delgado attended the mass with Peruvians from Rhode Island. "Donde hay un corazon Peruano.."
She says where there’s a Peruvian heart, there’s always a group honoring the Lord of Miracles. After church, celebrations continued at Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center – with music and folkloric dancing.
35,000 Peruvians live in Connecticut, another 5,000 in Rhode Island. They are among the fastest-growing Latino communities in the region. The Peruvian Consulate opened in Hartford in 2002. Peruvian Independence Day festivities continue through Saturday.