Haitian Flag Day 2022 Street Festival - NYC
THEME: “LEVE DRAPO NOU WO!” (“RAISE OUR FLAG HIGH!”)
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022 - 10AM-6PM
NOSTRAND AVE. BTW AVENUE D AND CLARENDON RD. (LITTLE HAITI, BROOKLYN)
Updated May 26, 2022
We are so thankful to so many people and organizations for making this year's festival a HUGE success!
First, we salute our sponsors whose generous support made this event possible:
Yo Yo Fritaille
Greater Brooklyn Gastroenterology Care
MJC Medical Care
and Kreyol Spirits
Next, we'd like to thank Officer Coicoo, Deputy Inspector Gaby Seliba and the entire 67th Precinct of the NYPD! You kept everyone safe during this event and we appreciate you.
We'd also like to thank our elected leaders NYC Councilmembers Farah Louis, Mercedes Narcisse, the newly appointed 58th District NY Assembly Member Monique Chandler-Waterman for your support.
To our vendors who came and showcased your incredible clothes, skin care products, goods, condiments, chocolates, and more, we thank you and salute you. Your entrepreneurial spirit is awe-inspiring.
To the musicians, singers, rapppers, poets, emcees - this event was magical because of your talents and your love for the community to bless them with the gifts of music and words.
And lastly, and most importantly, to the people... Haitian, Haitian-American, "Haitian-by-Association" - to all the members of our community who came out and lifted each other up, with love and respect for one another, so that we all experienced a magical day of togetherness and pride... we owe everything to you! L'union fait la force!
SAK PASE NATION
KONBIT MIZIK CORP. (501c3 Fiscal Sponsor)
HAITIAN AMERICAN COLLABORATIVE
ZAFEM WORLD ENTERTAINMENT LLC
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During the Congress of Arcahaie in May 1803 military leaders representing divided segments of the society united their forces against the French colonial army. This union, sealed by Jean Jacques Dessalines, a former slave, and Alexandre Petion, a free colored man, paved the way for a victorious revolution that would lead to the only successful slave uprising in the world and eventually the birth of a Nation. Legend has it that Dessalines ripped the white section out of the Red, White and Blue French flag. The Red and Blue cloths were then sewn together by his goddaughter, Catherine Flon, to form the first Blue and Red flag of the Republic of Haiti. Haiti gained its independence from colonial rule in 1804, making it the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so, and the second republic to defeat a European colonial power in the Americas.
Our mission is to execute a day of celebration commemorating Haitian Flag Day which is not only celebrated in Haiti, but also widely celebrated by the Haitian diaspora in New York, Boston, Miami and abroad. We propose a full day of family focused activities that celebrate Haitian food, culture and history to educate the non-Haitian community and allow Haitians to openly celebrate our rich culture. The Haitian flag has long been a symbol of pride for our community. While the actual celebration date is on Wednesday, May 18, our family friendly event will be held on Sunday May 22nd 2022. Our desire is that this day of celebration be replicated yearly.
1. A commemoration of the creation of the Haitian Flag through daytime, family friendly activities including traditional dance and drums, poetry/speeches and local cuisine.
2. A celebration of Haitian music with various Haitian acts representing different styles of Haitian music genres.
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Size: 4000 people (estimated)
Location: Street Festival on Nostrand Ave. (btw Ave. D and Clarendon Rd.)
Time: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM EST
1. Musical Performances
EDDY FRANCOIS & BOUKAN GINEN
Eddy Francois is a Haitian music legend; a founding member of the supergroups Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Ginen, Eddy blends American Rock, African drumming and Haitian music and has been named “Best Singer” in the Caribbean by Rolling Stone magazine and nominated for a Grammy in 1992.
The new generation of Haitian Roots Rock, Bohio Music is a phenom combination of artistry, virtuosity, and culture, paving their way into Haitian music royalty. Based in Brooklyn, NY, band leaders Riva Precil and Monvelyno Alexis are spiritual and musical ambassadors to Haiti for their community and audiences around the world.
DJ SABINE BLAIZIN (OYASOUND) & OKAI MUSIK
DJ Sabine (Oyasound) spins House, Afrotech, Afrobeat, Haitian Roots and other diasporic music. Okai Musik, a masterful hand drum rhythmist, adds popping vocals and Djembe. Together, they are an unstoppable duo and fan favorite for party-goers.
2. Fashion Show
A 30-minute catwalk spectacular with multicam live video feed featuring models sporting the hottest Haitian street-wear brands
3. Dance Performances
Traditional Haitian folkloric dance performances featuring the styles of Yanvalou, Congo, Mayi, and more by ensemble Iamoulele
4. Vendor Stations
Part of what will make this day so special and enjoyable for our community will be the opportunity to shop at vendor booths offering incredible food, merchandise, arts and services by our local businesses and entrepreneurs.