The second leg of the weekend trifecta took Rachel and me to Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn where the 9th annual Haitian Day Parade and Springfest was about to get under way. This event is a culmination of a two week celebration including Haitian Flag Day on May 18th and other festivities held throughout Little Haiti in Brooklyn. Hot cars were everywhere in sight and blared some lively Haitian music for everyone to dance to. The Haitian princess carried the Haitian flag while other signs declared that Haiti will rise again from the devastating earthquake of 2010 while other signs declared their love for the mother country of Haiti.
Probably the group that had the most fun were the dancers from the Union Carnavalesla Distrito Nacionalwith their colorful costumes and scary horned masks. The costumes are typically worn during carnaval time in the Dominican Republic which share the island of Hispanola with Haiti in the Caribbean Sea. They whistled every time the dancing got heated and on a hot summery day they were whistling quite often. Shortly after them were the Civiles cracking their whips and scaring anyone that came near them. It was a quick parade and one did a get sense that something was missing but all in all Haitian pride can be seen in the faces of those that attended. Merci d’etre venue a la parade.
A l’annee prochaine.