Crucian Dominicanos Celebrate Independence Day

Photo Credit: Malek Bascombe

Photo Credit: Malek Bascombe

This past weekend was the seventh annual Dominicanos Parade, during which St. Croix residents originally from the Dominican Republic (also known as Crucian Dominicanos) come together for a celebration.  Held every February, the parade goes through King Street in Christiansted and then settles around Canegata Ballpark, just east of town.  A festival is held around the ballpark with a concert stage, carnival rides and food / drink booths.  Music and dancing continue into the early morning hours.  Traffic is often deadlocked around the event, so if you live in or immediately around Christiansted, it’s best to just join the party and not expect to go anywhere!  The sound stage can be heard for miles around the ballpark.

February 27, 1844 the Dominican Republic declared its independence from Haiti.  So this independence day is celebrated each year accordingly.  While initially independence was peacefully declared at the capitol on that day, DR nationalists had to defend their territory from Haitian invasions the 12 years following.

St. Croix residents are reminded each year this celebration is approaching as the red, white and blue flags of the DR begin to be displayed prominently around island.

Bands from St. Croix Educational Complex and Central High School participated in the 2016 Dominicanos Parade.  Island majorette groups also danced through the parade in costume.

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for St. Croix residents looking to island hop.  The competitively priced all-inclusive resorts like Hard Rock and several Iberostar properties, paired with inexpensive small flight options, make it an enticing option for vacation.

Chris Hanley loves a good parade and all St. Croix residents love a reason to celebrate.  If you’re ready to join them at annual events like the Dominicanos Parade, he can help you find a perfect house, condo or land on which to build.  Contact Chris today and download his free guide the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix.