Central American Independence GARIFUNA Festival at RED HOOK PARK in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, September 13th 2014

 

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Brooklyn, New York — It’s mid-September and that means that many Central American countries or descendants of people from Central American countries celebrate their independence.  Most countries, notably Honduras and Guatemala formally separated from Spain on September 15th 1821, and many celebrations, festivals and such are organized around the first half of September tying in to that anniversary.

In New York City, there are a couple of celebrations taking place (or have already taken place) honoring Central American Independence; notably by people of Garifuna descent that readers of this website may want to pay attention to.

The Annual Central American Independence Garifuna Festival at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn will take place on SATURDAY, September 13th 2014. 

While it’s billed as a Central American Independence Garifuna Festival, from my experience the festival mostly features musicians of Garifuna descent from Guatemala. I attended in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and it’s a one-of-a-kind music festival that should ROCK.

Here is video from this Festival in 2011.  You can see performances by many musical groups in this video.

Garifuna Singers and Musical Groups scheduled to perform include:

Legacy Gifted

Xcstacy Band

Marcony Star

GX Teamm

Ervin Arzu 

Don Cuellar 

Central American Independence Garifuna Festival at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, September 13th 2014.

Central American Independence Garifuna Festival at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, September 13th 2014.

Music will be provided by:

DJ Enic1 — The Reinforcement

DJ Roy — of Showtime Sound

DJ Tek Vybez and DJ PrimeTime of Team GoGettas

Here is video from this Festival in 2013.

This Festival will take place at Field #2 at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn (Bay Street and Court Street), Brooklyn, NY 11231.

This Event is for the entire Family and is FREE.

Scheduled Start Time is 11am  and Scheduled Show Time is 12:30pm

To get there by subway, you usually take the F train or G train to the Smith/9th Street subway stop. You can also take the B57 bus near the Carroll St subway stop on the F & G subway line.  Or take the B61 bus near the 4 Av/9th St stop on the F, G & R subway line.

Here is video of Garifuna Musical Performers Eddy GNG and Socie Style at this Festival in 2013.

ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   1

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Central American Independence Garifuna Festival will take place at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, September 13th 2014.

Central American Independence Garifuna Festival will take place at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn on SATURDAY, September 13th 2014.

Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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