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‘Viva la Republica Dominicana!’ Capitol celebrates Dominican Independence

By: - February 5, 2020 4:29 pm

A celebration on Dominican Independence in the Capitol Rotunda (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller).

On the 176th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence, a celebration of Dominican heritage, community and independence graced the Capitol’s Rotunda.

Attendees waved Dominican flags, sporting the flag’s colors in their festive wardrobe and danced in recognition of the day.

Among the attendees were state Reps. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, who both tested their Spanish language skills at the event.

A festive Dominican dance commemorated the occasion with chants of “Viva la Republica Dominicana!”

Watch the entire dance here:


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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.