Celebrate D.R.!

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The leaders of the 18th annual Brooklyn Dominican Parade are raring to go!

The last weekend through Monday of August the Dominican Republic was celebrated in Williamsburg. Moore Street Market had a pre-Parade launch party on Saturday. On August 26th, the 18th parade celebrating Dominican culture traveled down Graham Avenue from Metropolitan Avenue to Broadway. Winners of the annual beauty pageant rode on the La Flora Spice float or gracefully strolled along the avenue. Limping devils and other colorful costumed, horned, and masked characters of Dominican carnival folklore, some wielding whips, brought up the tail end of the parade.

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Adorable Nuestros Niños dancers entertained the crowd at the Dominican Restoration Celebration

Assemblywoman Maritza Davila helped cut the ribbon that launched the parade. The NYPD band, Worldwide Firefighter Academy, Centro Cultural Ballet Quisqueya, the United Panamanian Marching Band, and parade dignitaries and royalty were among those participating in this year’s event. The Brooklyn Dominican Parade, Inc. was founded in August 25 of 2000 by Mrs. Estella Jimenez, Dr. Rafael Lolet Santamaría and Lic. José Muñíz.

 

On the following Monday, at the 5th Annual Dominican Restoration, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Nieves Padilla, Alexandra Hernandez, and Maritza Sosa (Council Member Antonio Reynoso’s mother) were honored by the Consulado General de la República Dominicana en Nueva York. Students from Nuestros Niños Chilhood Development Center performed the merengue. Then some whip cracking Los Lechones of Santiago (Los Joyeros) delighted the crowd with their vibrant costumes and hijinks.

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The Dominican Restoration Celebration inspired everyone to get up and dance. Boris Santos of Council Member Antonio Reynoso’s office dazzles his dancing partner
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At the Dominican Restoration Celebration some Nuestros Niños students took their meringue steps seriously
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Assemblywoman Maritza Davila at the Brooklyn Dominican Parade
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Los Lechones of Santiago (Los Joyeros) brought whip-cracking delight to the Brooklyn Dominican Parade
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Centro Cultural Ballet Quisqueya
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The NYPD band was an impressive force at the 18th annual Brooklyn Dominican Parade
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The royalty of the parade are winners of a beauty pageant who are also evaluated on their achievements, personality, and cultural awareness
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Council Member Antonio Reynoso (far left) presented his mother, Maritza Sosa a proclaimation from Consulado General de la República Dominicana en Nueva York. Alexandra Hernandez (far right), a bilingual special education teacher at PS 257 was also honored at the 5th Annual Dominican Restoration Celebration
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Council Member Jumaane Williams was honored at the Dominican Restoration Celebration that was held at BK Arbor

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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