The 2015 Dominican Day Parade is rapidly approaching. Sunday’s desfile is shining bright with brand new leadership and a stellar lineup of honorees and guests.
“This year’s honorees embody the traditions of first and second generation Dominicans, and we are honored to celebrate their contributions to the communities where we live, both in the US and in the Dominican Republic,” said Angela Fernandez, Chair of Dominican Day Parade Inc.
Emmy Award-winning Netflix hit Orange is the New Black features an unprecedented number of Latinas, so it’s no surprise Jackie Cruz, Jessica Pimentel, Laura Gomez, Selenis Leyva and Dascha Polanco have been crowned Rising Stars by the board of this year’s Dominican Day Parade.
“This year’s parade is a manifestation of both carnival and daily cultural staples of
Dominican identity,” said Leonardo Ivan Dominguez, master of Dominican Folkloric tradition and the Parade’s Art and Cultural Committee Chair. “The attendees should expect to see a procession of more than 500 young people from a variety of cultural institutions throughout New York City.” So keep your eyes peeled for Polanco and the like floating down Avenue of Americas, this Sunday (Aug. 9). Don’t forget the Brugal… and hookah.