Updated 08/09/2010 11:39 AM
Dominican Pride On Display In Midtown
Dominican pride was on full display in Midtown as musicians, dancers and floats marched up Sixth Avenue. NY1’s Ty Milburn filed the following report.
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It was a sea of red, white, and blue on Sixth Avenue Sunday as thousands of people lined the streets of Midtown to celebrate their Dominican pride.
"I love the Dominican Parade because it's number one in New York," said one parade-goer.
"Being with all the Dominicans, seeing everybody representing the Dominican Republic, it's the best, best, best," said another.
It's the 28th year the Dominican Day Parade has been held in the city. And, like in years past, it was one big, exciting party with music, colorful floats, lots of dancing and a spirit of love and cultural pride in the air.
"[I love] everything, everything – the people, the enthusiasm,” said a reveler. “Everything is fun about it. It's a happy place."
Many politicians were on hand to take part in the festivities. The mayor was in attendance; so was embattled Congressmen Charles Rangel. State Senator Bill Perkins, who represents part of heavily-Dominican Washington Heights says it's important to pay respect to a community that embodies the heart and soul of the city.
"This is a glorious day for New York. This is a glorious day for Dominicans,” said Perkins. “And I am just honored to be part of this celebration of their culture."
Luis Rodriguez, who was visiting from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, brought his family along with him to the parade. He says the beauty of this parade is that it unites people and celebrates all that is good about his culture and his people.
“To give support to everybody that's here,” he said of his reason for attending.
Besides, he added, nobody puts on a party like this.