The official 2018 Dominican Day Parade will take place this weekend in Manhattan.
Now in its 36th year, the parade brings thousands of Dominican-Americans together to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Dominican Republic. The annual parade aims to spread knowledge and understanding of the diverse Dominican community in New York City, the United States and around the world.
The parade started in 1982 with smaller celebrations, concerts and other cultural events in Washington Heights, but has grown in size and has become an annual event on 6th Avenue in Manhattan.
According to the parade’s organization, the 36th annual Dominican Day Parade will feature more than 10,000 companies and individuals marching this year.
Dominican-American singer Prince Royce will be the Grand Marshal during this year's parade. It will be the first time he's ever attended the New York City parade.
“It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Dominican Day Parade, especially during a year that it focuses on our youth, Prince Royce said in a statement on the parade’s website. “I grew up watching the parade and to be leading it this year will definitely be a blast,” he added.
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If you’re attending the parade here’s what you need to know before you go, including start time and street closures.
When is the Dominican Day Parade?
The annual parade will take place on Sunday, August 12, at 12:00 p.m. EST.
MAP: 2018 Dominican Day Parade route
2018 Dominican Day Parade street closures
According to the New York City Department of Transportation, the following streets will be closed for the 36th annual Dominican Day Parade in New York City from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For information regarding changes to bus routes in the area, visit mta.info.
— 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
There may be additional street closures in the area depending on crowd size.