2nd Annual Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! by Keylah Mellon, Communications and Outreach Intern

Flag DayThe HCX community came to dance to the infectious beats of Dj Sabine Blaizin on Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Celebrating the creation of the bicolor to the riveting sounds of drums, HCX held its second annual Flag Day at Parkside Plaza in Brooklyn. In partnership with the Arts & Culture Fest, the all day outdoor festival attracted an array of vendors ranging from local Haitian and Afro-Diaspora artists and artisans to “bon manje lakay” (great Haitian food).

The event was filled with activities (face painting, arts and crafts for kids, live drumming) and the unshakable spirit of the Haitian presence. Performances by Jocelyne Dorismé and Smax Music resonated throughout the plaza while the crowd grew as the day progressed. Dancing and more dancing in accordance to the Haitian genome. Later in the afternoon, a number of political figures showed their patronage to the organization and addressed the crowd, expressing how much the Haitian and Afro Diaspora continue to enhance the already vibrant community of Brooklyn: Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, and Council Member Jumaane Williams, to name a few.

Traditional Haitian vodou songs sung by the soulful, soothing voice of Riva Precil contrasted by Monvelyno’s sharp electric guitar and the rumbling of percussions filled the air as the festival came to a close.

After a great day of prideful festivities and invigorating vibrations, we’d like to thank all that came to celebrate with us. HCX continues to keep the Haitian culture moving and plans to bring you the best Haiti has to put forward.

 

Thank you to our supporters:

Diaspora Community Services, Council Member Jumaane Williams, the Embassy of Haiti, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

Thank you to our participating vendors:

Blue Bee Bars

Eyes on Flatbush

Ettlerish Face Paintings

KADERIQUE LLC

Haitian-American United for Progress, IncFlatbush Dental Group

Harlem Karibe Take out corp

Cassie’s Creations & Fuljens Henry

Daowmey & Bamboo Art

Manny’s Sister

 

Click here to see photos from the event.

 

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