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The Dominican Day Parade Inc. Announces Stellar List of Actors, Musicians, Personalities and Parade Grand Marshall



New York – Today the Dominican Day Parade Inc. will announce a list of honorees, the King and Queen, and the Parade’s Grand Marshall at a press conference at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at 11:00AM.  As New Yorkers and local visitors prepare for the end of summer, the Dominican American community is gearing up to march up Sixth Avenue on Sunday, August 9 to celebrate the best of Dominican and American pride. It’s the organization’s first press conference since announcing the board’s new leadership in April.

“We are excited to announce an all-star honoree list of accomplished Dominican Americans who will participate in this year’s Banquet Gala on July 30,” said Angela Fernandez, Chair of Dominican Day Parade Inc. “This year’s honorees embody the traditions of first and second generation Dominicans, and we are honored to celebrate their contributions to the communities where we live, both in the US and in the Dominican Republic.”

Among the names to be announced today, the king of the parade, an international music legend, the recipients of two lifetime achievement awards, and actors from the popular Netflix Series, Orange Is The New Black.

The organization will also reveal the Parade’s Grand Marshall.

In addition, the media will hear from multiple board members including Leonardo Ivan Dominguez, master of Dominican Folkloric tradition and the Parade’s Art and Cultural Committee Chair.

“This year’s parade is a manifestation of both carnival and daily cultural staples of Dominican identity,” said Mr. Dominguez. “The attendees should expect to see a procession of more than 500 young people from a variety of cultural institutions throughout New York City.”

The Dominican Day Parade 2015 is the kick-off to a year-long calendar of activities focused on the educational and economic empowerment of New York City’s Dominican community.


Grand Marshall:

Pedro Martinez, Baseball Player and Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee



Celines Toribio, Actress, Model and Television Personality



Johnny Ventura, Dominican Singer and Former Mayor of Santo Domingo

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Former United States Ambassador



Judge Rolando Acosta, Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court


Madrina Internacional:

Merijoel Duran, Univision 41


Padrino Internacional:

Eduardo Selman, Consul General de Republica Dominican

Isolda Peguero, Reporter, Telemundo

Sofia LaChapelle, Telemundo Network Correspondent



Jose Acosta, Dominican Writer and Author 


Andres Merejo, Dr. Andres Perejo, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo 


Sheila Garcia, Community Leader 


Jose Zabala, Digital Communications and Dominican Film Festival Organizer
Cacique:Cesar Romero, President of Instituto Duartiano



Ramon Anibal, Producer, Ramon Anibal TV Show 


Negro Santo, Director and Host “Santo Domingo Invita” 

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Johnny Pacheco, International Salsa Legend and Percussionist


Lifetime Achievement Award:

    Dr. Marilu Galvan, Executive Director, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano 

Lifetime Acievement Award:
Fefita La Grande, Prolific female accordionist

Rising Stars:
Jackie Cruz, “La Flaca” Orange Is The New Black
Jessica Pimentel, “Maria Ruiz” Orange Is The New Black
Laura Gomez, “Blanca Florez” Orange Is The New Black
Selenis Leyva, “Gloria Mendoza” Orange Is The New Black
Dascha Polanco, “Daya Diaz” Orange Is The New Black 

Special Recognition:

Francisca Lachapel, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015

Pedro Martinez Shines like a Bright Star at his Historic Hall of Fame Ceremony

pedroMartinez stole the show during the ceremony. He gave an excellent speech, (see video below) he was smart, serious and funny throughout as he spoke for nearly 25 minutes. He spoke about hi playing career, and told some jokes, but kept coming back to how much the Dominican Republic meant to him. That led to a very touching moment where he and Juan Marichal held up the Dominican Republic flag in front of the fans.

“When you see me,” Martinez said, “you can see a sign of hope, of faith, of determination, of strength, courage, with dignity.”


pedro carDominican flags were everywhere in Cooperstown. hundreds of fans drove in from all over the east coast to be a part of the ceremony.


Martinez opted to wear a bright colored blue suit, not the more traditional darker (conservative  look) and on each shoulder of his suit jacket, Martinez wore a patch. The left shoulder was a bald eagle with an American flag, an homage to the country that made him rich and famous and where he eventually became a citizen. The other commemorated the D.R., his homeland, his lifeblood, his soul, the place that courses through him no matter how long he spends in the United States.

The Dominican flag flew everywhere in Cooperstown, invading the city for the first time in 32 years. Dominican players have been in baseball since Ozzie Virgil joined the New York Giants in 1956, and only Juan Marichal has made it to the Hall of Fame.

After about 25 minutes of speaking in English, Martinez finally transitioned to Spanish. “Today,” he said,

hoy, es el dia de los padres en la Republic Dominicana.”


It was Father’s Day in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, which made Martinez chuckle, because on Jan. 6, the day he found out he’d been elected into the Hall on his first ballot, it was Three Kings Day, a holiday for children in the D.R. Martinez’s father, Pablo, died seven years ago Friday, so he instead took it upon himself to honor a forefather.

“I would like to do something that will probably break the protocol,” he said into the microphone, “but I want to give my people the opportunity.”

Martinez pulled out a Dominican flag. He invited Juan Marichal to the lectern. Pedro held the right side, Marichal the left of the Dominican flag… There they were, two generations of baseball royalty.