Garifuna Events in Honor of 2016 Chicago Belize Day Celebrations

 

Chicago, Illinois — Belizeans throughout the United States and abroad are traveling to Chicago to take part in Belize Day Celebrations taking place there this weekend, Friday, August 5th 2016 through Sunday, August 7th 2016.

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Chicago Belize Day is an annual event where Belizeans from all over the United States and abroad gather in Chicage to celebrate their national pride in being from Belize. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy authentic Belizean culture, like Belizean music, food and Culture (whether Garifuna, Creole, Mayan, Hispanic, etc). Events culminate in the annual Belize Day in the Park event, which has taken place in Chicago since 1980.

Here is video from the 2014 Belize Day in the Park event.  The video is from the Belize In America youtube channel.

Hopefully Hurricane Earl hasn’t dampened the patriotic mood with news of casualties in Belize itself.  As far as Garinagu are concerned, there are two events that I am aware of taking place at Garifuna Flava Restaurant.

On Friday, August 5th 2016 at Garifuna Flava Restaurant in Chicago; The 501 Band from Los Angeles will be performing LIVE.  Music to be provided by Gwaff Sounds, DJ Blocc and DJ Shane.  Admission is $10 before 11:30pm, more later.  Doors open from 9pm to 2am.

Garifuna Event in Honor of Belize Day in Chicago on Friday, August 5th 2016 at Garifuna Flava Restaurant.

Garifuna Event in Honor of Belize Day in Chicago on Friday, August 5th 2016 at Garifuna Flava Restaurant.

 

Garifuna Flava Restaurant is located at

2518 W. 63rd Street

Chicago, IL 60629

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On Saturday, August 6th 2016 at St. Anselm Hall, Belizean Singer Performers  Reckless, Supa G, Dankiman and Taprick are scheduled to perform. Music to be provided by DJ Kase, DJ Supa Dan, DJ Kool, DJ Big John and DJ International.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the Door.  To buy tickets, please call Kase at (773) 951-2102.  Gilbert Pook (773) 664-5672, Rayan Pook (224) 279-5913 and DJ Bernard (773) 418-7481.

Belizean Singer Performer Concert SATURDAY, August 6th 2016 at St. Anselm Hall in Chicago in Honor of Chicago Belize Day.

Belizean Singer Performer Concert SATURDAY, August 6th 2016 at St. Anselm Hall in Chicago in Honor of Chicago Belize Day.

 

St. Anselm Hall

6045 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

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On Sunday, August 7th 2016 at Garifuna Flava Restaurant in Chicago, as presented by SKM Promotions and Supa Power Entertainment; Garifuna Singers Guwie (from Belize), Lil June (American from Honduras) and Socie GCK (from Guatemala) are scheduled to perform LIVE.  Music to be provided by DJ Kase, DJ Kool and DJ International.  Admission is $15 before 11pm.  Doors open at 9pm.

Garifuna Event in Honor of Belize Day in Chicago on Sunday, August 7th 2016 at Garifuna Flava Restaurant.

Garifuna Event in Honor of Belize Day in Chicago on Sunday, August 7th 2016 at Garifuna Flava Restaurant.

 

Garifuna Flava Restaurant is located at

2518 W. 63rd Street

Chicago, IL 60629

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Here is video of Belizean Garifuna Singer Mohobub Flores performing at the Garifuna Flava Restaurant in 2010.

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About Garifuna Flava Restaurant

Founded in 2008, The Garifuna Flava Restaurant is a local cafe featuring Caribbean and Latin American food, plus a food bar in an unpretentious setting.  According to the Chicago Reader, ever since the closing of a Restaurant by a Honduran couple in 1999, The Garifuna Flava Restaurant is the only restaurant in Chicago that sells Garifuna food.

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About Belizeans in Chicago

Belizeans comprise of a mix of ethnicities, including Garifuna, Creole, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Arab and Mennonite.  Belize also have a number of expatriates from The United States and Europe.

According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, Belizeans have migrated to Chicago since the 1940s.  Many were employed as domestic workers in wealthy Chicago suburbs like Evanston, Kenilworth, and Glencoe in the North Shore.  Due to this, many Belizeans live along Howard Street in Rogers Park on the North Side and in Evanston.

Northern Hispanic Belizeans and Western Hispanic Belizeans established communities in Waukegan and Zion. Many Belizean Garifuna people live on the South Side of Chicago.  In 1999, community leaders estimated that 35,000 Belizeans lived in Chicago.  However, the 2000 Census counted only 4,242 Belizeans lived in the Chicago.

While The Belizean Social Club of Belize organized the first Belize Day in Washington Park in 1980; In 1998, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, declared the first Sunday in Chicago to be Chicago Belizean Day.

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 cultural fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.

The Garifuna (then known as The Black Caribs) are noted for not only being the main source of resistance against European expansion into the Lesser Antilles over the course of over 150 years, but also 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.  

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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, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

Finally, Garifuna People have also migrated to the United States of America where generations have settled in cities like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami and Boston.  Despite their mainly Spanish surnames, their culture and history are distinct from other Afro-American and Latino ethnic groups and it’s important to keep that in mind.

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Garifuna Events in Honor of 2016 Chicago Belize Day Celebrations.

Garifuna Events in Honor of 2016 Chicago Belize Day Celebrations.

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