- July 5, 2018
- Posted by: Dominican Parade
- Category: Dominican Parade, News
The Dominican Day Parade will seek to establish the Guinness record of the largest number of people dancing merengue simultaneously, in a mass ceremony called for Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Washington Heights Armory.
According to the organizers, this initiative aims to exalt the Dominican culture and its values, through one of its most autochthonous manifestations, considered by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
For this activity is expected the participation of more than 600 merengue dancers, who must register in advance, free of charge, through the website of the Dominican Parade in New York, announced the vice president and co-director of Art and Culture of the Dominican Parade , Leonardo Iván Domínguez.
The President of the Board of Directors of the Parade, Maria M. Khury, explained that “this initiative to establish a world record of merengue dance, is part of the activities that we are carrying out in the face of the Parade. In this way, the Dominican Parade and its related activities are consolidated as the authentic celebration of Dominicanness among residents of the United States”.
The Dominican Day Parade will celebrate its 36th edition on August 12, 2018; while the Gala will take place on August 10. Both events take place in the month in which the Restoration of Dominican Independence is commemorated.
Currently, it is estimated that almost one million Dominicans reside in New York, most of them in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan, according to the annual report submitted by the Mayor’s Office of Immigration (MOIA), entitled “MOIA’S 2017 Annual Report : State of Our Immigrant City”. In addition, the Dominican Diaspora constitutes the largest Latino community in this North American city
About the Dominican Day Parade
Dominican Day Parade, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which organizes an annual parade and activities throughout the year to promote the richness of the culture, folklore and popular traditions of the Dominican Republic. The organization seeks to provide a deeper knowledge about the heritage and contributions of people of Dominican descent in the United States and other parts of the world.
According to its president, Mrs. María M. Khury, the organization has become much more than a parade, integrating high impact educational initiatives for the Dominican community. Recently, the Dominican Day Parade in New York awarded scholarships to 29 young people of Dominican descent, totaling 81 outstanding students in colleges and universities in the United States, supported by this entity.