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Check it out: Dominican pride and female power dance down 6th Avenue in NYC

Parade participants and spectators celebrated their heritage and culture on Sunday

The Dominican Day Parade danced its way through Midtown Manhattan on Sunday with “honoring and empowering the Dominican woman" as its main theme.

The parade was scheduled to begin at noon on36th Street and 6th Avenueand followed 6th Avenuethrough 52nd Street, CBS2 New York reported.

Sing-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra served as the grand marshal. Twitter user @ElFanaticoDom tweeted the parade started a bit late after parade-watchers waited for Guerra to kick things off.

NY1 reporterTara Lynn Wagner tweetedthat the crowd thinned out in the afternoon due to the sweltering temperatures.


Other honorees as listed by the parade's official siteincluded:

La Madrina
Daisy Auger­-Domínguez, Global Head of Diversity Staffing at Google

La Madrina Internacional
Alicia Ortega, General Executive Director and VP of Noticias SIN

Lifetime Achievement
Nurys De Oleo, Senior Advisor at the Office of NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat

Ambassador of Public Service
Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, 21st Council District in Queens Chair of the City Council's Committee on Finance

Ambassador of Community Service
Zenaida Méndez,Director of the MNN el Barrio FirehouseCommunity Media Center

Ambassador of Community Service
Ana-Ofelia Rodríguez,Director of Community Engagement of BHC(Broadway Housing Communities)

Ambassador of Community Service
Rosita Romero, Executive Director, Dominican Women Development Center

Carolina Contreras “Miss Rizos”, Owner and Founder of Miss Rizos Beauty Salon

Mino Lora, Co-Founder of the People’s Theater Project

Diomary Peña, 2016 Soberano Award-winning Singer

Raquel Cepeda, Author ofBird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, Journalist, Critic and Film-maker

Rising Star
Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Rising Star
Jenny Jorge, VP Operations at Compare Foods

Rising Star
Rosanna Vargas, Litigation Attorney at Akerman LLP, Commissioner of the Board of Elections in the City of New York

Ambassador of the Arts
Scherezade Garcia, Interdisciplinary visual artist

Ambassador of the Arts
Yorka Ralwins, Figurative expressionist painter

Ambassador of the Arts
Iliana Emilia Garcia Ubiñas, Multidisciplinary visual artist

Ambassador of the Beauty Industry
Patria López, Founder and Owner of Josie’s Beauty Center & Spa

Ambassador of Communication
Sibila Vargas, WNBC-TV News Anchor

Ambassador of Fashion
Milagros Batista, Founder and Owner of Batista Collections (Handmade Crochet & Knitwear)

Ambassador of Fashion
Lucia Rodríguez, Founder and Owner of Lucia Rodríguez Wedding & Fashion Designs

Ambassador of Health
Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), Nationally known worker-owned home care agency

Ambassador of Health
Dr. Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Ambassador of Health
Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, DDS, General Dentistry in Private Practice, President of the Hispanic Dental Association

Embajadora Del Sabor
Daysi Medina Lebron, Founder of Bizcocho de Colores

Embajadora Del Sabor
Margarita Santana, Founder and Owner of Margot Restaurant

Ambassador of Science and Innovation
Dora Maria Abreu, PMP, CSM, IT Project Manager at Credit Suisse, Speaker, Trainer & Coach at John Maxwell Team

Ambassador of Science and Innovation
Dr. Karina Edmonds, Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)

Special Recognition
Clarissa Molina, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2016

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