At last year's Dominican Day Parade, a pregnant teenager was stabbed in the head and raucous street parties required police response ( including mace—see video below). So for tomorrow's parade, lawmakers and law enforcement officials are hoping for a more festive and less-violent day with an increased police presence. Also: They'd like people to not drink/be drunk, and stores that sell alcoholic drinks to close early. State Senator Adriano Espaillat said, "There were young people walking in the street with open containers of alcohol, many of them drunk... This behavior that we saw last year in Washington Heights is not descriptive of Dominican pride. We will not be embarrassed again."

One of the drinks that teens were drinking last year were nutcrackers, which is fruit punch mixed with with boozes including vodka, white rum, cheap wines or tequila and are then sold on the street (as well as in delis, convenience stores, barbershops and even out of vans) in styrofoam cups for between $5 and $10 bucks a pop. The frozen variety is called a "Nemo" or "Finding Nemo." According to DNAinfo, Espaillat added, “We need to make sure our community continues to set the bar for positive participation and the parade is not overshadowed by negativity and chaos.” And 34th Precinct Deputy Inspector Jose Navarro said, "The parade is an opportunity for all of us to come together and take ownership of our neighborhood. We look forward to everyone in the community doing their part by following the normal rules and guidelines and cooperating with law enforcement.”

When violence struck during the 2007 parade, one teen told the Daily News, "Things happen. There's a lot of people out here. When it gets crowded like this, there's going to be drama." And here's video from last year's incident where cops Maced partiers in Washington Heights:

The parade is a colorful, festive event that starts at 11 a.m.—the parade goes up Sixth Avenue at 36th Street all the way to 56th Street—if you take photos, you can share them with us by emailing them to or tagging them "gothamist" on Flickr.