Yesterday was the big Dominican Day Parade in NYC. This year it was dedicated to assassinated NYPD Police Officer Miosotis Familia. Her daughter cut the ribbon to open the parade.


NEW YORK CITY — The Dominican Day Parade is one of the biggest parties of the year in New York City and a celebration of all things Dominican culture. Of the nearly 1.5 million people of Dominican heritage living in the United States, nearly half (48 percent) live in New York, according to the Pew Research Center. In fact, more Dominicans live in New York City than any other city in the world except Santo Domingo.

This year's parade theme is "Our History to the Rhythm of Guira, Drum, and Accordion," and will include a special tribute to slain NYPD officer Miosotis Familia, who will be honored with the parade's lifetime service award.

Whether you are interested in attending the parade or want to avoid it on Sunday here's your guide to everything you need to know about the Dominican Day Parade this year:

What time does the parade start and end?

This year's celebration will kick of with a special ceremony at 10:30 a.m., according to parade organizers, but the actual parade won't start until noon. The parade is scheduled to last until 5 p.m.

What is the route for this year's parade and will there be street closures?

The parade will be held in Midtown on Sixth Avenue. Marchers will begin on Sixth Avenue at 38th Street and will continue down the avenue until 52nd Street.

The main parade route and several side streets will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade. Here are the closures as announced by the Department of Transportation.


36th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
37th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue
38th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue

6th Avenue between 36th Street and 53rd Street

52nd Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway

48th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
47th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway
46th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway
38th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue
What's the easiest way to get to the parade?

The easiest way to get to the parade from Washington Heights — the epicenter of New York City's Dominican community — will be by public transportation. Driving is not worth it because too many streets will be closed off near the parade and finding parking in Midtown is basically impossible.

The quickest way to get near the parade route would be to take either the 1 train down to Times Square or the A train to Port Authority and walk from there.

Who will be honored this year?

Every year during the Dominican Day Parade several members of the Dominican community are honored for their contributions to culture and society. This year's grand marshal will be Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who represents upper Manhattan as the first Dominican-born member of Congress in U.S. History and the first one-time undocumented immigrant to become a member of Congress.

Here's a full list of honorees:

Grand Marshal: Congressman Adriano Espaillat
Padrino: Don Juan Marichal
Madrina: Ms. Michelle Jimenez
Madrina Internacional: Ms. Lissette Nunez
Award for Lifetime Service (Posthumously): Detective First Grade Miosotis Familia
Corporate Recognition: Eligio Pena
Ambassador of Leadership: Mr. Henry Rubio
Ambassador of Medicine: Dr. Marcos Charles, M.D.
Ambassador of Public Service: Ms. Diana Reyna
Ambassador of Justice: Judge Llinet Rosado
Ambassador of Labor: Edison Severino
Ambassador of Digital Media: Angel Manuel Del Orbe Cruz
Ambassador of Youth Development: Mr. Eddie Silverio
Cacique: Ms. Maria Luna
Ambassador of Culinary Arts: Enelia Silvestre
Ambassador in Higher Education: Ana I. Garcia Reyes
Associate Dean Hostos Community College
Ambassador of Cosmetology and Aesthetics: Virnalisy Crespo
Ambassador of Fashion: Martin Polanco
Rising Star: Marco Antonio Rodriguez
Ambassador of Health: Dr. Teodoro E. Regus, DDS
Ambassador of Communication: Ms. Debralee Santos
Ambassador of Music: Indira Rubiera
Ambassador of First Responders: Mr. Bernardo “Bernie” Rodriguez
Ambassador in Business: Yesi Morillo Gual