Many Dominicans welcomed in the New Year in the decades old custom of dancing merengue, bachata, salsa and urban music in parties in the streets outside and in hotels in Santo Domingo and Santiago.
Merengue was the most popular music and there was a show put on by Group Telemicro on the Malecon in Santo Domingo with dozens of artists including Miriam Cruz, Mozart La Para, Toño Rosario, Revolución Salsera and Yiyo Sarante. At midnight there was a firework show to welcome in the New Year, in what was called the biggest discotheque in the world that finally ended at 7:15 in the morning.
In barrios throughout the capital there was drinking and dancing in colmados and in the street and in the hotels there were performances by artists such as Johnny Ventura, Wilfrido Vargas, Fernando Villalona, Rubby Pérez and Eddy Herrera.
In Santiago there was a party at the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration that included performances by the salsa artist Alex Matos, typical meringue singer Fefita la Grande, bachata artist Joe Veras, and urban singer Shadow Blow.
In other cities throughout the country people danced in the streets until the sun rose.
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2 January 2018