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Haitian-Americans Across U.S. Celebrate Their Cultural Heritage

BRIDGEPORT, CT. – May 2, 2019 – Despite the continuing economic hard- ships and political turmoil that plague Haiti, Haitian-Americans across all spectrums find plenty of reasons to be proud of their heritage and their substantial contributions to the America.

Throughout the month of May Haitians everywhere in the United States are holding events to highlight their rich history, common ground, struggles, accomplishments and collective hope. An extension of Haitian Flag Day, which falls on May 18, this commemoration includes art exhibits, lectures, music festivals, parades, special proclamations and the raising of the Haitian flag in communities with a considerable Haitian populations.

In Connecticut, several organizations and groups join their resources together to create a diverse menu of activities promoting Haitian art, history, culture, cuisine, and local Haitian-American businesses throughout this month (See calendar on page 17).

The ad-hoc organizing committee for the Fairfield County kicked-off the local festivities last night at Metric Bar & Grill, in downtown Bridgeport. The most anticipated activity on the calendar is the flag raising ceremony at Bridgeport City Hall on May 18 at 9:00 a.m. (45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 06604).

“May 18 is Haitian Flag Day, one of the most celebrated holidays in Haiti as well as in its diaspora,” said Rev. Pastor Pierre D’Haiti who initi- ated this tradition in Bridgeport in 1993.

“This year, again, we have several Haitian-American organizations working together to celebrate our Haitian Heritage. We look forward to sharing our culture with friends and neighbors in the Greater Bridgeport Community and beyond,” added Pascale Millien- Faustin of Sosyete Koukouy CT, a cultural organization dedicated to preserving Haitian culture in the United States through arts and edu- cation.

For additional information about the Haitian Heritage Month cele- bration in Bridgeport and neigh- boring cities and towns, contact Dionne Lamothe at (917) 769-8037, via email at kendion25@yahoo.com or view more on our Facebook page: @HaitianHeritageAwareness.

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