NEW YORK (WPIX)—The 27th Annual Dominican Day Parade ended early Sunday afternoon, with Dominicans from all over grooving down the streets of New York to the sounds of merengue and bachata.
The parade commenced at 35th Street and 6th Avenue, and ended at 62nd Street and Central Park West.
The area was laden with the colors red, white, and people donning blue, traditional and colorful costumes. Participants got a taste of tasty Dominican food, culture, and dance.
While the actual marching and floats occurred on Avenue of the Americas in Midtown, after-parties were rife in the Heights and Inwood.
Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson marched in the fete, speaking with Latino supporters about issues important to them.
Additionally, widely-noted Dominican media personality Jochy Santos participated in several activities in the parade. Most famous for hosting one of the most popular television shows "Divertido con Jochy," Santos has been the face and voice of Western Union for several years. This year, the company is celebrating twenty years of service in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Day Parade began in 1982 as a means of marking the geographical and social difference that Dominicans have made in New York City. At the time, it was intended to merely be a small festival. Over the years, the event has gained immense popularity, with visitors in the thousands, making the area the hot-spot in town each year.
Dominicans have been migrating to the U.S. for years, since the mid-1960's, after the dismantling of a cruel and difficult dictatorship back home. Although many traveled to other parts of the country, a large portion settled for the higher parts of the Big Apple (particularly Washington Heights and Inwood).