CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Aug. 10, 2009: Thousands of nationals from the Dominican Republic lined the streets of midtown Manhattan Sunday for the 27th Annual Dominican Day Parade.
Politicians mixed with musicians and Dominican celebrities for the parade from 36th Street to 62nd Street and Central Park West to the sounds of merengue and bachata.
Red, white and blue colors were prevalent on floats and flags as Dominican food, culture, and dance were put on display for the entire city.
The Dominican Day Parade was started in 1982 and has gained popularity over the years. This year, Dominican nationals like Caribbean Americans, are also advocating for their own self-identification box on future U.S. Census forms. Both communities have so far secured congressional and senate bills through the advocacy of The Dominican American National Round Table and CARIB ID, respectively.