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NEW YORK.- The incessant rains drenching Northeastern United States since Saturday night didn’t dampen the spirits of the thousands of Dominican who yesterday celebrated their cultural legacy throughout Sixth Avenue, site of the traditional and 30th year of the Dominican Day Parade.

The parade began 1 p.m. when New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the ribbon, accompanied by local and Dominican Republic dignitaries.

More than 50 cultural floats and organizations paraded up sixth avenue under a drizzle which threatened to soak the revelers.

Parade organizing committee president Nelson Peña said the activity “was a total success” and thanked the local and state authorities for their support for their event, which marks the day of Restoration of Independence on August 16. “We’re very satisfied with the results. Once again the Dominican community scores a victory in this great city because the triumph has been for all.”

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Written by: glomarexplorer, 15 Aug 2011 8:26 AM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes


1:00 AM?
Written by: generoso, 15 Aug 2011 8:38 AM
From: Dominican Republic

I also see Victor Mendez Capellán (Vimenca) in yellow rain gear, second from left.
Major Bloomberg seems aged and frail, since he first took over the helm as mayor, and it is nice that he was present, taking care of business as usual.
Would love to see a video if anyone has a link, please post it.
Written by: Chasbo, 15 Aug 2011 11:50 AM
From: United States
The word is a major corruption inquiry into the organizers of this parade will be "formalized" now that it is over.

This follows indictments against the largest Dominican charity in New York-Allianza Dominicana.

The corruption is staining all Dominicans yet the benefits go in to pockets of only the politicians. (all the guys who wear flag pins in their lapels. The patriots!?

Written by: devin11, 15 Aug 2011 1:24 PM
From: United States, The Greatest City
Can you believe the all-time record for rain in NYC history fell on the same day as the parade. A full 8" of rain, if you can imagine that fell on Sunday causing major havoc on many towns throughout the boroughs. Kudos to those who braved the elements to take part in the celebration, tough folks to be sure.
Written by: riosm, 15 Aug 2011 1:44 PM
From: United States
AHH ! what's a little rain ? Were used to down pours, were Dominicans, many will see this as a "rain on my parade" a bummer, not us this rain will never dampen our spirit.

Years back while in a resort in La Romana my family and I got caught in a nasty down pour near the pool side, you should of seen the tourist dart out of the pool and look for cover. As far as me and my family we stood there in a empty pool enjoying every minute of it.
Written by: Perez, 15 Aug 2011 5:56 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Riosm, you and your family were so lucky that there were no thunder and lightning. (was there?) I don;t play with that!!
Written by: riosm, 16 Aug 2011 8:31 AM
From: United States

We saw the clouds and rain coming from a distance, no thunder or lighting just a beautiful warm down pour. We all enjoyed it it's one of those memory's that will stick in my children's mind forever.

Take care.
Written by: danny00, 16 Aug 2011 12:43 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
guess it was better then last year when a 16y old girl got stabbed and many ran wild and drunk though the streets.
Written by: danny00, 16 Aug 2011 12:44 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
oh! yeah! and they where throwing beer bottles at the police,, very nice i would say for them to do that,
that in it self does not bring any pride along with it does it?
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