ELIZABETH, NJ–The familiar face at the Fifth Annual Colombian Parade belonged to Vice-Chairman of the Freeholder Board Sergio Granados, who was honored as the Grand Marshal of the parade, sponsored by the cultural group Colombianos Sin Fronteras, June 26.  

“From the shores of the Port to Midtown to Elmora Hills, Colombians have made their presence felt in making so many outstanding contributions to our City, especially in the fields of business, food and the arts,” said Granados. “They are one part of the melting pot of ethnic groups that make Elizabeth a truly great place to live.  I am looking forward to serving as this year’s Grand Marshal and I congratulate Colombianos Sin Fronteras for their efforts.” 

The annual parade kick started the celebration of Colombian Independence Month in July. It featured dance groups, floats, antique cars, community organizations, and show horses, as well as representatives of Union County College and Elizabeth Public Schools. It also highlighted culture and folklore, not only from Colombia but from other South and Central American countries as well. 

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“The individuality of the many cultures in Elizabeth is what makes our city great,” said Mayor Christian Bollwage. “As the Colombian community celebrates this weekend, we will all continue to work together to achieve a brighter future. On behalf of the City of Elizabeth, I would like to thank Colombianos Sin Fronteras for organizing this parade each year.” 

Colombianos Sin Fronteras (Colombians Without Borders) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help countries that are devastated by natural disasters.  The organization was established in the City of Elizabeth in 2008 and currently has 32 members.  

“It is important for our children to connect with their culture as well as the birth place of their parents and grandparents,” said Guillermo Piernagorda, 2016 president of Colombianos Sin Fronteras. “Learning different elements of Colombian history and seeing it firsthand will help them appreciate their heritage. This parade will continue to help support their interest and enthusiasm.”