Ricardo Reyes

Ricardo Reyes

2016 Gran Mariscal

Rick Reyes is an artist, singer songwriter and musical performer best known for his work with the bands Cosmic Jibaros and Novela Sin Tiempo. Born in Bridgeport Connecticut, he was raised by his parents on their native island of Puerto Rico until he became a teenager. Rick is a graduate from Sacred Heart University and holds a bachelors degree business administration. Rick resides in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport Connecticut where he lives with his wife Celine and three children.

Carmen A. Nieves

Carmen A. Nieves

2016 Madrina

Carmen is a long time Bridgeport resident, supporter, business and property owner. Currently, she works for the WorkPlace Inc., and is the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the Step Up Program. She is the owner Connecticut Photography Plus, the new President of the South End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, she holds Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport. Carmen has been a volunteer with the PRPFC as a photographer, as the Secretary for 2.5 years and currently the Coordinator for the Annual Coquito Contest. She is Co-Founder of the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network and countless other community involvement. Carmen Nieves originally from Stamford, CT now lives in Bridgeport’s South End with her husband of 27+ years. She has three daughters and 4 grandchildren

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia

2016 Padrino

Jorge was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and has been along with his family life long residents. Jorge attended Central Magnet High School and Housatonic Community College. He became a Civil Servant for the City of Bridgeport shortly after and served the City for 21 years. During his time with Bridgeport Jorge worked his way up through the ranks and held key roles in both the School District as Executive Director of Building Operations and the City as Director of Public Facilities and Construction Management. It has always been a dream of his to help rebuild the City that had given him so much through the years. Leading Bridgeport’s largest School Construction Program, he was able to tie the schools to their surrounding communities. Looking at these projects as opportunities’ to enrich communities and create safe havens for the city’s youth. With that the Park City and Schools Community Alliance was born. Through this organization he was able to build bridges with volunteers throughout Fairfield County, the Municipality and the business community logging thousands of hours of volunteerism in Bridgeport. As a youngster Jorge remembers vividly his mother Ana L Garcia being the Madrina of the Puerto Rican Parade in 1985 and a former Miss Puerto Rico. His aunt Rosa Correa was also a Madrina. He feels the connection to this great tradition as it has been part of his life for so long. He currently holds the title of Director of New England Operations for a Technology Company called A Plus Technology and Security. He continues to tap into the talent in the City of Bridgeport and has made it a priority to hire Bridgeport residents along with using local contractors.