Hamilton to celebrate Dominican culture
HAMILTON, Ohio, July 26, 2014 (AP): A southwest Ohio city will
help some of its Latino residents celebrate one of their
nation's patriotic holidays.
Hamilton has scheduled its first Dominican Republic
Independence Restoration Day parade for Aug. 17, 2014.
Restoration Day celebrates the Caribbean nation's successful
battle to win back independence from Spain in the 19th century.
Ohio has a small but fast-growing Latino population, and the
U.S. Census estimates Hamilton's population is more than 6
percent Latino. While people with Mexican roots are usually the
largest group, Hamilton has a growing Dominican presence.
The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/1nsUKNt
) that the parade alone is expected to bring out 2,000 people.
State and local officials will take part in the festivities,
with food, music and children's activities.
The parade is being organized by the nonprofit Dominican
Association. Angel Lombert, of the Hamilton Community Council
and president of the Dominican group, said it's hoping to draw
people from around the Cincinnati region.
``We've been promoting the city of Hamilton all over the
world,'' Lombert said. ``People will come from different cities
to visit Hamilton ... and look at what the city offers.''
Mayor Pat Moeller sees the celebration as a chance for other
residents to learn more about the culture of one of its
``We need to celebrate our diversity,'' Moeller said.
``Diversity makes us stronger.''
The parade will include bands, dancers and floats about
Dominican history and folklore, with salsa, merengüe and bachata
big softball tournament with out-of-state teams is scheduled
Aug. 16, with a public party and music planned afterward.