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Dominican Festival curtailed after City Hall Plaza brawl

Three Boston police officers suffered injuries while breaking up a fight Sunday night at the Dominican Festival on City Hall Plaza, officials said.

Officer Rachel McGuire, a Boston Police Department spokeswoman, said the incident resulted in the arrests of six people, including four juveniles.

The festival closed down about an hour early after the fight, police said, as City Hall revoked a permit for the event around 9 p.m. amid concerns about public safety.

Sunday’s celebration began as a parade that traveled from Hynes Convention Center, down Boylston Street, and over to City Hall.

Before the fight, the annual festival celebrating the region’s large Dominican community had carried on for several hours.


Plans for the event included a beauty pageant, sporting events, food, dancing, costumed performers, and youth activities.

Luis Matos, president of the Dominican Festival, said more than 15,000 people attended. He was disappointed that a relatively small group got involved in a fight that disrupted the gathering.

The early cancellation of the festival meant that two acts were not able to perform as scheduled, Matos said, speaking through a translator, Cira Espinosa, who was also the arts coordinator for the festival.

The festival had brought those groups — El Chaval and the Dominican National Dance Group — in from the Dominican Republic at considerable expense, he said.

“We feel that the festival was a success; we just hope the community realizes it was not our decision to end the festival early,” Matos said.

“We tried to deliver on our promises, and next year we’ll try to do better.”


Photos: Boston Dominican Festival

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.