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    Posted July 29, 2012 by
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    Bronx Dominican Day Parade

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RVCFOTO of New York documented a conglomeration of vibrant faces, high-spirits and elaborate costumes at the Bronx Dominican Day Parade on July 29. "Dominicans, like most of people of Latin heritage, are very proud of their culture. They love to show it through their music, merengue and bachata, as well as their food," she says. RVCFOTO's photos offer a colorful glimpse into the cheerful, community-driven culture of the Dominican Republic.
    - stein0726, CNN iReport producer

    The Bronx Dominican Day Parade marched down the Grand Concourse today to cheering crowds of thousands. This is first of two parades in NYC that celebrate the culture of the Dominican Republic.

    Local city and state officials walked along side dancers and marches which included the Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr.

    Numerous floats with live music, dancers, baton twirling groups and marching bands took part in the parade. The very colorful “Diablo Cojuelo” (mischievous devil) ran through the parade walloping people with inflated pig or cow bladders & whips. These costumes are part of Carnival. The masks mostly have horns and elaborate facial features to symbolize spiritual, supernatural and unknown spirit world entities.
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