THE BRONX — The 23rd Annual Bronx Dominican Parade kicks off this Sunday, to wind down the Grand Concourse in recognition of the borough's blossoming Dominican population.
The parade starts Sunday at 12 p.m. at East Tremont Avenue and Grand Concourse, marching down the famous Bronx thoroughfare and ending at East 167th Street.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., are among the parade's Grand Marshals. Special guests will include Dominican television host Michael Miguel Holguin and Spanish broadcast Alipio “Coco” Cabrera.
In addition to the parade, a festival celebrating Dominican heritage will be held all weekend from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring a number of live musical guests, including Salsa singer Alex Matos, who performs Sunday.
Parade organizer Rosa Ayala said the celebration was open to Bronxites of every culture and heritage.
"It's not only for Dominicans, it's for all nationalities," she said.