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Haitian Culture Celebration Brings Parade, Street Fair To Brooklyn – Patch

BROOKLYN, NY — A history-making declaration of Haitian Heritage Month will bring a celebration of the country’s vibrant culture to the streets of Brooklyn this weekend.
The Haitian Culture Day Parade and Street Festival is set to kick off on Saturday, May 14, just days after the New York State Assembly voted to designate May as Haitian Heritage Month, organizers announced.
The day-long celebration will bring music performances, dancing, street vendors, art and more to Little Haiti and the Little Caribbean communities.
“The Kings Borough of Brooklyn is one of the few places in North America where you can experience authentic Haitian & Caribbean cuisine, art, music and history that is woven into the cultural identity of the New York City,” organizers wrote.
“This event will showcase Haitian Culture and the many ethnic groups that make up the community.”

Here’s what you need to know:
10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Parade with marching bands, floats, cheerleaders, community organizations and more.
12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will feature a cultural showcase with performances, dancing, open mic, art, music, live entertainment, local vendors, community resources and more.
Parade route starts at the intersection of Toussaint L’ouverture Blvd. (Nostrand Avenue) and Pierre Toussaint Blvd. (Church Avenue) and continues to Foster and Brooklyn Avenue.
Street Festival Fair: located on Brooklyn Avenue between Foster Ave & Avenue D.
The festivities include performances from artists Phyllisia Ross, King Kino, Alegba & Friends and Jesse Lamarre, among others.
As for who is invited, the answer is everyone.
This free outdoor event has been made possible through the generosity of many supporters to bring together local residents, and visitors from across the globe to celebrate, promote and encourage our communities to value diversity and inclusion. All are welcome!”

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