Thousands flock to Providence for annual Dominican Festival

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Thousands came to Providence Sunday in celebration of New England’s largest Dominican Festival.

Celebrations kicked off with a parade at 10 a.m. at the corner of Broad Street and Thurbers Avenue. In attendance, leaders like Governor Dan McKee, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, Public Safety Commissioner and Grand Marshal Steven Pare, Congressional candidates Alan Fung, Seth Magaziner, and Mayoral candidates Gonzalo Cuervo and Brett Smiley.

Paradegoers swarmed the Broad Street route to watch their loved ones, leaders, and neighbors walk the parade of their culture. Many, thankful the iconic festival is back in full force after years of restrictions due to COVID-19.

“I always say, everybody has to be united, no matter what country it is,” said resident Rosanna Rodriguez. “So, when it’s my country’s turn, oh my gosh, I am so excited.”

Santo Domingo native, and retired Red Sox player, Manny Ramirez, was initially slated as a Grand Marshal. Event organizers confirmed to ABC6 News hours into the festivities that Ramirez had canceled due to a family emergency.

Event organizers told ABC6 as of Sunday evening, they believe between 13,000 to 14,000 people are in attendance.

The parade ended at Roger Williams Park, where the celebration continued at the Temple to Music.

Festival goers can take part in live music, food, and dancing until 8 p.m. Sunday.

 

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