On Sunday, August 13, New York City has celebrated its 41st National Dominican Day Parade. This year’s Dominican Day Parade welcomed a special visitor. Read more about what makes Dominican Culture so special.

The National Dominican Day Parade in New York City is an annual parade, organized every second Sunday in August by the local Dominican population. It is a celebration of Dominican heritage and culture with lots of music, concerts, a street parade and culture events. The event started in 1982 as a small local fest on 6th Avenue.

This year’s Dominican Day Parade welcomed President Luis Abinader and his wife, First Lady Raquel Arbaje, being the first-ever President of the Dominican Republic to be in New York for the event.

New York City is the third-largest Dominican city in the world, behind Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic itself. It is home to approximately 900.000 Dominicans and Americans of Dominican heritage living in NYC, mainly in the Bronx and the Washington Heights district of Manhattan.

The parade is the most important yearly event held by the Dominican overseas residents. About 10 per cent of the Dominican population lives abroad, mainly in the United States and Spain. Dominican immigrants in the US are the fourth-largest Latin American immigrant group.

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Read more in Spanish:El CaribeDiario Libre

Read more about what makes Dominican Culture so special.

Pictures: New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, The Time Magazine, IIC Spanish School, womensmuseum.com

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