August 2019 – Midtown Manhattan – By APB Staff Writer
Parade goers marched proudly up Sixth Avenue in midtown on Sunday to celebrate Dominican culture and its heritage for the 37th annual Dominican Day Parade.
Large crowds filled both sides of the street under the watchful eye of the NYPD which reported no incidents. Nearly everyone who attended had a Dominican flag to wave as the procession made its way under the bright summer sun.
US Senator Charles Schumer greeted the New York Dominican crowd in Spanish proclaiming that today everyone is a Dominican – then met with the special NYPD Counter Terrorism teams on West 52nd Street.
Nearly 10,000 marchers dressed up to join the party which is held on the second Sunday of August to coincide with the start of the Dominican Restoration War, in which the Dominican Republic would win its freedom from Spain in 1865.
The Dominican Day Parade organizers hold an annual gala that raises scholarship money for students of Dominican descent awarding $200,000 in scholarship funds to college and postgraduate students this year.