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Photo Focus: Crowds Celebrate Dominican Republic Independence Day Parade

This is the 15th year the U.S. Virgin Islands has celebrated the Dominican Republic Independence Day Parade. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

Crowds of people celebrated the Dominican Republic Independence Parade on Sunday afternoon on St. Croix. This is the 15th year the U.S. Virgin Islands has celebrated the Dominican Republic’s independence from Haiti in 1844.

The Pearl B. Larsen PreK8 School’s dancers performed to packed crowds at the Dominican Republic Independence Day Parade. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

Each year, for at least a day, Virgin Islanders get to channel in and experience the culture of the Dominican Republic. They wear colors of red, white and blue and hold the Dominican Republic flag in support. Cultural dancers dressed in masks, DJs playing music on decorated floats, and St. Croix majorettes and other dance teams perform.

A little dancer shows off her dress that represents the colors of the the Dominican Republic flag. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

Onlookers on packed streets take pictures, dance, and applaud as the entries make their way to the D.C. Canegata Ballpark. At the ballpark, food and merchandise vendors, performers, bands, and DJs perform live on stage.

Cultural dancers with covered faces performed at the Dominican Republic Independence Day Parade. The dancers cracked whips and danced in the streets of Christiansted. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

 

“I always look forward to this time of year because it’s great to see when our people can unite with others from the U.S. Virgin Island community,” said parade goer Luis Miguel.

Yilyse Schjang, Miss Virgin Islands Caribbean Talented Teen, and Egypt Jackson, contestant number two, vying for the title of Miss Virgin Islands Caribbean Talented Teen, enjoy the festivities. (Source photo by Diana Dias)

The Dominican Republic Independence Day Parade usually takes place the last week in the month of February.

People wore Dominican Republic colors, customized shirts, flags and other accessories in celebration of the parade. (Source photo by Diana Dias)
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