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Many attended the Haitian Flag Day celebration held on May 19 at BAIC Park and promoted by Big Move Productions. Photos: Jean-Louis Fleuridor

Flag Day Celebrations a “Symbol of Pride” for Second Largest Haitian Population in Bahamas

For the past five years, Big Move Productions has been promoting Haitian Flag Day on Abaco, and this year’s event was no exception.

Held at the BAIC Park on May 19, Haitian Flag Day drew scores of people to a celebration that featured live music and entertainment by music artists out of Haiti and the United States as well as Bahamian artists.

The lineup of performers included: Keed Coulgi; Jay Tee; Black Dada;DJ Heavy; Joshua Bonchwa; Safe Haiti, Valery Tayette; TD’or, Young T Danje; MC Frits; Pickliz Beat; Selector Show; Master Lover Man; DK KC242; DJ Zoe; DJ Jets; DJ Freezy; DJ Speady Zoe; Don Zoe; Wilner Pierre; Dona, Kurcy; Joby King; DJ Bigz; Lexo; DJ Smooth; DJ Ro; and Ti Gary.

No. 1 Haitian band – Disip – which is based out of South Florida was in attendance.

A bouncing castle and face painting were available for children, and Haitian and Bahamian food were served on site.

“A lot of people ask why not Nassau because of the magnitude of this last event, but Abaco has the second largest Haitian population,” explained Jean-Louis Fleuridor. “The festival was well attended, and we look forward to it getting bigger and bigger every year. It could be just as big as the festival in Miami.”

He acknowledged that the BAIC Park was a perfect location for the event, adding that they couldn’t have asked for a better venue.

As for the significance of the day, Fleuridor expressed that the Haitian flag has long been a symbol of pride for Haitians.

“It’s all about celebrating the culture and heritage of the Haitian flag. We also want to make the younger generation proud of their rich Haitian background not taking anything away from their Bahamian culture as well.”

A large-scale event like Haitian Flag Day requires an entire year of planning, Fleuridor said, so as soon as they are done with the current event they are already planning for next year’s event.

He extended special thanks to all of the Haitian Flag Day 2018 sponsors, namely: BTC, Flying Dutchman Liquor Store and Bakara, Cash N’ Go, Kera’s Fashion & Beauty Supplies, Park View Variety Store, Glimmer N’ Gloss, CJ Pool Maintenance, Island Boyz Restaurant and Da Zone Bar and Grill.

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About Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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