Honoring Dominican Heritage!

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Two Pepines and one Los Lechones brought a lot of carnival character to the parade

The end of August brings celebrations of Dominican history and heritage. The sixth annual Dominican Restoration Celebration was hosted by Council Member Antonio Reynoso with The Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in NYC, Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, Nuestros Niños Daycare Center, and St. Nicks Alliance! The event honors local Dominican leaders for their contributions to the success of the community. Asenhat Gomez (Deputy Director, El Puente), Edwin A. Morales (Law Enforcement), and Sonia Medrano (New York Communities for Change Leader) were acknowledged at this year’s event.

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Council Member Antonio Reynoso greets the crowd at the sixth annual Dominican Restoration Celebration

The celebration began with a rainbow, after a seasonal downpour.  The rest of the evening was rain-free. As usual, Nuestros Niños dancers enchanted the crowd and smartly incorporated umbrellas in case the weather didn’t hold.

The following Sunday the 19th annual Brooklyn Dominican Parade and Festival marched down Graham Avenue from Metropolitan to Broadway. Assembly Members Maritza Davila and Joseph Lentol and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, District Leader Tommy Torres, Boricua College, Centro Cultural Ballet Quisqueya, the United Panamanian Marching Band Carnival were among those who participated.  Carnival characters Diablo cojuelo, Pepines, Los Lechones, and others cracked their whips at the end of the parade.

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Dancers from Nuestros Niños
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Assembly Member Maritza Davila waves the Dominican flag high
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United Panamanian Marching Band
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Some parade royalty: queens and princesses from the ages of 5- to 24-years-old receive their titles by winning the annual beauty contest.
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A smiling diablo cojuelo
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Assembly Member Joseph Lentol and District Leader Tommy Torres walk the Brooklyn Dominican Parade route
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A community of parade favorites walk together


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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