Greenpoint Gazette

Dominican Culture to Highlight 15th Annual Neighborhood Celebration

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More than a thousand North Brooklynites are expected to march in the 15th annual Brooklyn Dominican Day Parade and Festival on August 30, which will kick off at the intersection of Graham Avenue and Debevoise Street that afternoon at 1 p.m.

Residents will join members of several community organizations who have supported the parade for several years as well as a new partner for the parade, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

From its starting point, the parade will take participants to PROGRESS High School, at the Grand Street High School Campus in East Williamsburg, where the parking lot will be converted into a site for the Dominican Day festivities. Several local organizations will be present to raise awareness about their work, and there will be games for children, as well as food provided by local restaurants, free of cost.

The event is made possible by the Brooklyn Dominican Day Parade Inc., an organization dedicated to fostering Dominican culture in the borough, in collaboration with other community groups, including PROGRESS High School.

Tommy Torres, an Assistant Principal at the campus, said the school has one of the largest Dominican student populations in the city and it was important for the school to honor and respect their heritage.

“We want to pass on this tradition to youngsters in the neighborhood and showcase the best we have here,” said Torres. “We want to celebrate the wonderful ways in which Dominican culture has contributed to the growth of our community as a whole.”

For the first time ever, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office is also partnering up for the event.

The Borough President Eric Adam stressed the importance of sharing Dominican success stories like that of his Deputy, Diana Reyna.

“Dominican achievements which enhance our arts and humanities, as well as advocacy for social and political change – exemplify the perseverance of our Dominican brothers and sisters in Brooklyn,” Adams said. “Those Dominican stories, like our own Deputy Brooklyn Borough President’s Diana Reyna, embody the idea that when access to opportunity is equal, all can achieve and prosper, which paves the way for our glorious borough to benefit under the mantra of “One Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn Dominican Day Parade and Festival, Aug. 30, Starts at 1 p.m. For more information on the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1612297505720048/.

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