The yearly Dominican Day Parade, a celebration that honors the Dominican community in the U.S., its culture, and heritage, happens this Sunday, August 11. This year, the parade’s honorees will include singer, actress, and TV host Charytin Goyco as madrina or godmother; and costume designer Emilio Sosa as padrino or godfather.
Every year, the parade features more than 10,000 marchers and celebrates the anniversary of the Dominican Restoration War that resulted in the country’s independence from Spain in 1865.
Fun fact: The Dominican Republic is the top country of birth for foreign-born New Yorkers: there are 449,338 New Yorkers born in the Caribbean island, accounting for 14.3 percent of all foreign-born city residents, according to the Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Here’s what you need to know about the event.
When is the Dominican Day Parade?
The Dominican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, August 11, starting at noon.
Where does the Dominican Day Parade take place?
The parade will go through Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) from 35th to 56th streets.
What streets will be closed for the Dominican Day Parade?
According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), the following streets will be closed on Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., for the parade:
- 36th Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue
- 37th Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue
- 38th Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue
- 6th Avenue between 36th Street and 52nd Street
- 52nd Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
What does this mean for traffic this weekend?
Expect traffic disruptions around the parade in Midtown. If you plan to attend, we recommend taking the subway (the 1, 2, 3, D, F, and M trains will leave you closer to the area) but look out for changes in service, on the MTA website.