Dominican Day Parade 2017 Launch
The 2017 Dominican Day Parade Launch hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer is at the United Palace in Washington Heights on Thursday, August 3, 3017 from 6:30-8:30pm.
Dominican Day Parade 2016 Launch
The Dominican Day Parade 2016 Launch was hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer at the United Palace in Washington Heights August 9, 2016.
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer Explains the Dominican Day Parade
Keith Widyolar: What’s the importance of the Dominican Day Parade for New York City?
Gale A. Brewer: First of all the Dominican Day Parade has a wonderful new Parade Committee which is representative of the neighborhood and the community. Each and every one of them is a phenomenal person. That’s important in itself.
They are giving out scholarships. They are making the parade even more prideful than it ever was, in terms of their leadership. That’s number one.
Second, the community is special in many ways. Obviously, it has a long history in New York. Folks from Washington Heights and around the City are business people, academics, and city workers.
We are honoring many of the women today who are representative of the community. It’s a very industrious community. It’s a community that is proud of their homeland and proud to be New Yorkers. They contribute a whole lot to the City of New York.
I actually grew up on 82nd Street, that community way down on the Upper West Side was Dominican, so it’s not just Washington Heights, I want you to know. It’s a very exciting community for the City of New York.
Dominican Day Parade Honors Exceptional Dominican New Yorkers
Dominican Day Parade Honoree Jackie-Michelle Martinez, Firefighter, New York Fire Department, Engine 275
Los Andulleros de Santiago USA Dance for the Dominican Day Parade
Los Andulleros de Santiago USA is a metro New York-based Dominican dance company that celebrates the Carnaval traditions of Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Santiago is famous for its Diablo Cojuelos (Limping Devils). The Devil limps because he hurt himself falling out of heaven. The idea is to scare away evil. There is a reference in Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” of a devil dressed in mirrors and bells who uses an inflated animal bladder as his weapon. During Carnaval every February the people of Santiago compete to make the most impressive costumes.