Los Sures’ 15th Dominican Independence Day Fiesta
Southside United HDFC-Los Sures celebrated the Dominican Republic’s 173rd year of independence.
“Every year, we have more to celebrate as a people. This year, we are especially pleased to acknowledge the achievements that our community has made globally. In New York City, we are happy that we finally have a Dominican representative in the US Congress and we look forward to seeing Congressman Adriano Espaillat serve with distinction,” said Ramon Peguero, Esq. Executive Director of Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, and a Dominican national.
The Brooklyn Arbor auditorium was filled to capacity, and many in the audience waved the Dominican Republic flag. The festivities were started off with Margarita Fiorentino singing the Dominican National Anthem, then the Star Spangled Banner was sung, and Rev. Juan Rosario Vásquez gave the opening blessing.
Local officials one after the other then took to the stage. “Immigrants are welcome here. We will fight Donald Trump,” said Public Advocate Letitia James as did, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, and District Leader Tommy Torres when they preceded her on stage.
Three distinguished individuals who grew up in Williamsburg and have contributed to the community were honored at the event: Christina Rosario, Assistant Principal of P.S./M.S. 84; Community Activist Josefina Cabrera, and Deacon/Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Board Treasurer Israel Rosario.
A highlight of the night was when little boys in masks and little girls in headdresses that lit up, all dressed in the colors of the Dominican flag danced a little merengue. Food was served at the end of the performance.