DOWNTOWN – Tonight, a celebration of Dominican-American culture will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall in advance of next month’s Dominican Day Parade.
Highlighting the contributions and culture of the Dominican-American community in Brooklyn, the event will be hosted by Borough President Eric L. Adams and the Maria M. Khury, chair of the Dominican Day Parade, Inc.
At the event, a midwife from Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Williamsburg, Helena A. Grant, will be honored as an “Adopted Dominican” for her contributions to the community in Brooklyn.
Raíces Dance Troupe will be down from Syracuse University for a musical performance, as well. Some of their dancing can be seen below:
Two Dominican-American City Councilmembers from Brooklyn, Antonio Reynoso and Rafael Espinal, will both be in attendance as well.
New York is home to more than 750,000 Dominican-Americans, with neighborhoods in Brooklyn like Sunset Park, Williamsburg and Bushwick having historically large Dominican populations.
The People’s House also celebrated Dominican Independence earlier this year:
Borough Hall has hosted similar cultural heritage celebrations in the past, like April’s Arab-American Heritage Celebration, part of Borough President Adams’ “Embrace Your Hyphen” campaign.
Tonight’s event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Borough Hall.