Dominican Day Parade 2023
Dominican Day Parade 2023
This weekend the Dominican Day Parade 2023 was held in New York City.
The Dominican parade began in New York in 1982. It became known with a series of concerts and cultural activities organized by Americans of Dominican origin.
The parade is usually held on the second Sunday of the month, so this 2023 was held on August 13.
The theme of this year’s Dominican parade was “Our History, Our People”, to celebrate the culture of the Dominican Republic and its people, as well as the significant contributions they have made in different fields.
The parade headed north on Sixth Avenue from 36th Street to 52nd Street, beginning at noon and lasting until 4:00 p.m. m. Although there have been other parades in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, this is the largest, drawing tens of thousands of people.
The formation began on 36th, 37th, 38th streets between Broadway and 5th Avenue and the route continues along Sixth Avenue between 36th and 52nd streets. The dispersal zone is on 52nd Street between 5th and 7th Avenues.
The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, was present and was recognized as the Grand Marshal. This was the first time in the history of the parade in which the president of the country participated.
Other honorees include Dominican singer Natti Natasha, who was recognized as the Queen of the Parade, while DJ Adoni was recognized as the King.
The businessman Antonio Cabrera was recognized as the Cacique de la Esperanza and the Royal Band: Los Líderes was recognized as the International Band of the Year. On the other hand, the actress and model Celines Toribio was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
From the early hours of the morning, thousands of Dominicans began to fill the entire Sixth Avenue in New York. The Dominican community in New York is a diverse mosaic spanning ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational levels. The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, appeared with a strong security operation together with his wife, Raquel Arbaje, and at the beginning of the tour he took the stage to cut the inaugural tie and sing the American and Dominican anthems.
He then advanced on foot down the center of the thoroughfare, nicknamed the Avenue of the Americas, surrounded by a delegation of political support and waving to the crowd, which waved Dominican flags, wore the symbol on caps, T-shirts and accessories, and danced to the They are from merengue, salsa, bachata or reggaeton.
One of the guests of honor mentioned above was precisely the singer Natti Natasha, who contributed to filling the streets with music beyond the scheduled time, until mid-afternoon, on a day that passed without incident but somewhat slowly due to the sun. and the strong heat.
Abinader arrived in New York on Friday with a multi-day agenda that has led him to meet with representatives of the Dominican community and local administrations, and this same Sunday he announced that his government will build a museum dedicated to Dominican culture in the city. .
His presence in this city, which concentrates most of the diaspora outside the Dominican Republic, close to a million people, coincided with the proximity of the elections in the country, in which it is likely that he will run again as a candidate. by the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).
Although the president was the protagonist of the parade, he was not the only politician: he was accompanied by Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams and Senator Adriano Espaillat, who was the first Dominican elected to a state Assembly in the US, and several candidates for the Dominican congress for the PRM.
Precisely this Sunday, the governor announced that the Department of Financial Services has approved a license for the Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana (Banreservas), the largest commercial bank in the country and which provides remittance services, to open a representative office in the city.
Most of those who paraded in this 41st edition of the parade, however, were ordinary Dominicans who wrapped themselves in flags, small businessmen, dancers in folkloric costumes, and many local New York policemen who showed off their uniforms, all under the motto “Our history, our people”.
Showy troupes, music, people dancing in the street, costumes and people shouting “four more years” were part of the atmosphere that was felt in the street.
The Dominicans braved the high temperatures and children, adults, the elderly and people in wheelchairs posed with their tricolor flags in their hands.
“Happy and content. I am here early to be able to witness the participation of the president who will walk with us for the first time,” said Jacinta Díaz.
The parade began at 2:00 p.m., one hour later than expected, and was attended by artists and personalities from the Dominican Republic.
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