Some of the participants in the Independence Day Parade organised by the St. Eustatius Dominicano Association.
Vehicles in the parade driving away from F.D. Roosevelt Airport.
EUSTATIUS–The Dominicano community in St. Eustatius celebrated the 175th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s Independence on Wednesday, February 28. The day was celebrated with a get-together and a motorcade, which started at F.D. Roosevelt Airport and concluded at the Wilhelmina Park.
The motorcade featured over 20 cars, trucks and ATVs as well as motorbikes that honked their horns, and played lively music and had persons cheering happily out their car windows.
Many of the parade’s participants were decked out in the Dominican Republic flag and their country’s national colours. Many of the cars in the parade were also decorated with flags of the Dominican Republic and Statia.
After the motorcade a large get-together was held at the Wilhelmina Park. The Dominicano community has adopted the Park, and every Christmas they decorate the Park with lights and festive decorations.
President of the St. Eustatius Dominicano Association Federico Lara Reyes said this was the fourteenth year that the Dominican community in Statia celebrated their country’s Independence Day on the island. “We got to keep together, keep doing it all the time and bring up our culture at all times,” he said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85648-dominicano-community-celebrates-independence