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NYC Dominican Day Parade Honors Catholic Charities’ Finest

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Our Roots Run Deep

A party erupted on Sixth Avenue yesterday, August 12th, as hundreds of men, women and children served by, working for and volunteering with Catholic Charities NY joined nearly 10,000 more Dominican Americans for a huge cultural party formally named the Dominican Day Parade. 

Supporting this year’s parade theme, “Our Youth, Our Future,” our Catholic Charities NY contingent included more than 300 children participating in Catholic Charities Alianza Dominicana (Dominican Alliance) division, 200 of whom, decked out multicolored costumes, twirled and danced for more than 20 blocks.

They exploded in cheers as parade organizers honored Beatriz Diaz Taveras as a parade ambassador.  Ms. Diaz Taveras’ connections to the Dominican American community run deep.  Not only does she work as Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Director but she also is a first generation daughter of parents who immigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic.

Similar to Ms. Diaz Taveras’ family, nearly half of the 1.5 million people of Dominican heritage living in the United States now call New York home. Catholic Charities Alianza Division provides services for youth in the largely Dominican American neighborhood of Washington Heights, promoting a world view that extends far beyond the streets where they live. 

“It was an honor for me to have been chosen by the board of the Dominican day parade,” Ms. Diaz Taveras said. “I am deeply committed to continuing the work of Catholic Charities Alianza Services in the Dominican Community.