18th Annual Central American Independence PARADE and FESTIVAL in the BRONX on SUNDAY, September 14th 2014

 

2014 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx.  SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.

2014 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx. SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.

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Bronx, 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 International Honduran and Central American Parade Inc presents the 18th Annual Central American Independence Parade and Festival, which will take place in the BRONX on SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.  This Parade and Festival commemorates the 193rd Anniversary since most of the countries in Central America gained Independence from Spain. 

Marchers will parade along Southern Boulevard and Boston Road in a demonstration of aspects of Central American patriotic pride, heritage and culture with a cultural display of traditional costumes, music folklore and other traits that make Central American culture distinct.  The Central American Independence Parade in part of the annual Bronx celebration of Central American Independence–the revelry concludes with the Central American Day Festival, where singers, bands, dance companies, etc gather to showcase their talents on stage.

2014 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx.  SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.

2014 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx. SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.

Garifuna Doctor, Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, Honorary Grand Marshal will lead the Parade procession from East Tremont Avenue and Southern Boulevard (location of the Happy Land Monument) down Boston Road to Charlotte Street and Crotona Park East.  The Festival takes place immediately after the parade in Crotona Park (between Crotona Avenue and Claremont Parkway).   The PARADE is scheduled to begin at 12noon SHARP.

Distinguished individuals expected to participate in the Central American Independence Parade include:

Dr. Luther Castillo Harry, Garifuna Doctor

Martin R. Munitz, Personal Injury Attorney

Cresencio Bulnes Jr, President of Shany Corp

John M. Dudley of Community Board 3

Bronx Assemblyman Marcos Crespo

Bronx Council Member Vanessa Gibson

Bronx Assemblyman Jose Serrano

Celebrity Marshal, Salumino “Nino” Arzu,

Consulates representing various Central American countries

National Godmother Aida Lambert, President of NY Honduras Incorporada

International Godmother Charito Cisnero

Central American Queen Karla Casco

Marcony Star, Guatemalan Singer

Below is VIDEO of the 2011 Central American Parade in the Bronx.

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International Honduran and Central American Parade Inc (IHCAP), is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, organized and existing under the law of the State of New York, with a mission to create awareness and appreciation of the Central American culture in the New York Metropolitan Area.  Its objective is to promote Central America’s diverse cultural richness by showcasing community spirit and solidarity by celebrating community achievements and contributions Central Americans have made to the economic and cultural development of this nation.

To achieve this goal, IHCAP encourages attendance, involvement and building ethusiasm and anticipation so these wonderful celebrations become among the most sought-after in the Bronx.  The event also provides opportunities for community members to gather and socialize regardless of ethnicity, language, race, religion, genher, sexual orientation, age, economic status, physical or learning ability or educational background.

Performers scheduled to perform at The 2014 Central American Independence Festival in the Bronx on SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.

Performers scheduled to perform at The 2014 Central American Independence Festival in the Bronx on SUNDAY, September 14th 2014.

Scheduled to perform at the Central American Independence Festival are:

Libaña Marasa

Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna Folkloric and Modern Dance Company

Budari Dance Company

El Niño De La Bachata

Rigo Lambert

No Le Le

Panchan

Carlos Pichi Castillo

J Dove Productions

Don Cuellar

Isieni

El Gran Mariscal

Outlaw

Sielpa

Young Gari

Kamaleon

Alagany Band

Karla Sanchez Rochez

Food, Arts and Craft, Live Music and all sorts of Entertainment for the Entire Family will be available.

The Parade is scheduled to begin at 12noon.

Here is video of Garifuna Singer Musician LIL JUNE at the 2013 Central American Festival in the Bronx.

Below is video of El Nino de La Bachata at the 2013 Central American Festival in the Bronx.

TRAIN: You can take the 2 train to 174th Street Subway Stop.

BUS:  BX11, BX15, BX17, BX55

I have gone to the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 Central American Festival in the Bronx and have found that most of the performers and acts are of Garifuna descent, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala and Belize.  It looks like it’ll be that way this year as well.

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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Are You Ready For The 2014 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx?  Read all about it on:  Beinggarifuna.com

Are You Ready For The 2014 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx? Read all about it on: Beinggarifuna.com

Notes:

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

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