Music filled the air of Midtown Sunday in honor of The Dominican Day Parade, and the picture-perfect weather was an added bonus. NY1's Jon Weinstein filed the following report.
It's easy to see that Dominicans are proud of their heritage. That joy was on full display at Sunday's Dominican Day Parade, which was really a big party.
"We can get all together, we can celebrate together and we can show the world how good it is to be a Dominican," said one parade attendee. "I think that is the best thing that can happen to a human being, be Dominican."
"The unity of us, all of us celebrating all together, seeing my favorite artists, one of them just passed, and basically, I'm proud to be a Dominican," said a third.
There were 35 floats and 5,000 marchers, but it was as much about the thousands of spectators that lined Sixth Avenue.
"Everything is fun. Everybody's crazy like me," said one attendee. "It's just awesome."
"It's like being in the DR again, and we are excited because we are here," said another.
The main attraction was the music, and it had everyone moving to the beat.
"The music, the people, everything, showing the Dominican pride. You have to show," said one parade attendee.
The parade was also a draw for families as a way for them to teach their children about their homeland.
"They were born here in the United States, and we want to make them part of our culture and for them to be proud, be Dominican," said one parade attendee.
"I like to see all the floats, and I like to see how they dance around and all the music," said another.