2016 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx will take place on SUNDAY, September 11th 2016

 

Bronx, NY — The International Honduran and Central American Parade Inc presents the 2016 Central American Independence Parade and Festival, which will take place in the BRONX on SUNDAY, September 11th 2016.  This Parade and Festival (it’s 20th Annual) commemorates the 195th Anniversary since most of the countries in Central America (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) gained Independence from SPAIN.  How many will come take part in this demonstration of pride in their (or their parents) Central American countries of origin in the Bronx?

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It’s almost 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.

Organizers of The Annual Bronx Central American Parade and Festival in 2011. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674

Organizers of The Annual Bronx Central American Parade and Festival on the Parade Route in 2011. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

The Parade Procession Kicks off from East Tremont Ave and Southern Blvd (“Ochenta Y Siete Boulevard”).  The Parade Proceeds down Boston Road and breaks up at Charlotte St and Crotona Park East as people enter Crotona Park in the Bronx.  The Parade begins approximately at around 12 noon.

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 is 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.

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Parade Route Image

Here is  a video from the 2011 Central American Independence Parade in the Bronx.  (Part 1)

Here is  a video from the 2011 Central American Independence Parade in the Bronx.  (Part 2)

As I searched for other Central American Independence Parades and /or Festivals across the country, it proved a little tricky to pin down.  Some Celebrations are billed under the guise of Latin American celebrations as they also try to include Mexican Independence Celebrations.  Mexican Independence Day is September 16th.  Some Celebrations are tied into Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th).

As far as I could tell there aren’t many Central American Independence Parades and / or Festivals in the United States of America.  There are some cities or towns with high Central American populations, but for whatever reason, Central American displays of nationalistic or patriotic pride don’t take place.  Or if said celebrations take place, they are unable to follow through and continue them.

Here are past Central American Independence Parades or Festivals that I have come across:

Central American Independence Celebration in Denver, Colorado.

Central American Independence Celebration in Chicago, Illinois.

Central American Independence Celebration in Boston, Massachusetts.

Central American Independence Celebration in Seattle, Washington (2016 was it’s First ever Celebration).

Central American Independence Celebration in Houston, Texas.

Central American Independence Celebration in New Jersey.

Central American Independence Celebration in South Florida.

Central American and Mexican Independence Celebration in San Francisco, California.

Central American Independence Celebration in Los Angeles, California.

Central American Independence Celebration on Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

The Point is, Central American Independence Parades and/or Festivals are relatively rare in the United States.  We should keep that in mind as we think about what does or does NOT happen in the Central American Independence Parades and Festivals that we currently DO have.  Particularly in New York City.  This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx, which is a considerable accomplishment.  Initially this event was called The Honduran and Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx and it was founded by Honduran Garifuna Man Pablo Gomez.

Distinguished Honorees of the 2016 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx include:

Grand Marshal, MARTHA APARICIO (La Voz De Honduras Periodico / The Voice of Honduras Newspaper)

Honorary Grand Marshal, SANDRA MARISOL CRUZ DE FLORES (Consul General of El Salvador)

Artistic Godmother, CALLITA DIEGO (from Honduras)

Artistic Godfather, JAMES LOVELL (from Belize)

National Godmother, ROSEMARY ORDONEZ-JENKINS (USA, Honduras)

National Godfather, LUIS BALTAZAR (Guatemala)

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The 2016 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx.

The 2016 Central American Independence Parade and Festival in the Bronx.

Immediately after the Central American Independence Parade in the Bronx, people gather in Crotona Park in the Bronx for the Central American Independence Festival.  The Central American Independence Festival in the Bronx is where most of the attention this event garners is focused as Musicians, Dancers of Central American heritage show their talent.

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Distinguished Artists scheduled to perform at The 2016 Central American Independence Festival in the Bronx include:

Socie GCK (Guatemala)

J2 El Autentico (Panama)

Lovita (Honduras)

Lil Boy (Honduras)

Panchan (Honduras)

ISYM

Proyector Ariel Crew

The Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York  (USA, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize)

Don Cuellar (Guatemala)

J Dove Productions (USA, Honduras, Guatemala)

Tash

James Lovell (Belize)

Callita Diego (Honduras)

Carlos Pichi Castillo (Honduras)

Remolino (Honduras)

Cristina Azucar

 

More Artists are also scheduled to take part in the 2016 Central American Independence Festival in the Bronx.

Here is VIDEO of Lil June performing at the 2013 Central American Festival.

Here is VIDEO of El Nino de la Bachata at the 2013 Central American Independence Festival in the Bronx.

ABOUT The Garifuna People / SOBRE el Pueblo Garifuna

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.

Los Garífunas son personas de ascendencia africana (en otras palabras, la gente negro) cuya ascendencia se puede remontar a los africanos mezcla con los indios caribes y arahuacos en la isla del Caribe Oriental de San Vicente. A partir de esta fusión cultural de la raza y etnias en la isla de San Vicente, una cultura y una lengua distinta surgieron.

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.

Los Garífunas (entonces conocido como el Caribes Negros) están marcadas no sólo por ser la principal fuente de resistencia contra la expansión europea hacia las Antillas Menores en el transcurso de más de 150 años, pero también es uno de los pocos (sólo?) Pueblos de África descenso (de nuevo, en otras palabras, los negros) en las Américas que han mantenido los aspectos de su cultura ancestral y la plena utilización de su lengua ancestral para el uso diario a lo largo de cientos de años.

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.

Después de ser derrotado en la guerra con los británicos en San Vicente en 1796; 1004 hombres, 1779 mujeres y 1.555 niños por un total de 4.338 personas (en su mayoría Negro caribes, como los garífunas se conocía entonces) fueron capturados y llevados a Baliceaux, una pequeña isla, una roca, básicamente, en la costa de San Vicente . Esto se llevó a cabo entre julio de 1796 y febrero / marzo de 1797. Cerca de 2.000 garífunas murió de una fiebre misteriosa y muy infecciosa mientras viven en Baliceaux espera de su destino.

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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.

A principios de marzo de 1797, los garífunas restantes se cargaron en el Experimento HMS y otras naves. Una vez que fueron detenidos, el convoy fueron llevados a un Bequia, que es otra isla de la costa de San Vicente. Se procedió a ir a Granada para conseguir agua, a continuación, Jamaica para repostar, y finalmente Roatán, Honduras, llegando el 12 de abril 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. Subsequently, 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.

Encontrar gran parte de Roatán inhabitable, el pueblo garífuna solicitaron a los funcionarios que representan a España y es el gobierno (que controlaba gran parte de Centroamérica en el momento) que se le permitiera pasar a la parte continental de Honduras. Al que se le permita pasar a la parte continental de Honduras, a saber, la ciudad puerto de Trujillo, Honduras de mayo de 1797. Posteriormente, los garífunas se establecieron muchas ciudades y pueblos a lo largo de la costa caribeña de Honduras. También emigraron a los países vecinos de Guatemala, Belice (entonces conocido como Honduras Británica) y Nicaragua en los últimos años.

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.

Por último, garífuna Las personas también han emigrado a los Estados Unidos de América, donde las generaciones se han asentado en ciudades como Nueva York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Miami y Boston. A pesar de sus apellidos, principalmente españoles, su cultura y la historia son distintos de otros grupos étnicos Afro-americanos y latinos y es importante tener esto en mente.

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People from Masca Honduras marching in the 2011 Central American Independence Parade in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

People from Masca Honduras marching in the 2011 Central American Independence Parade in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved. (646) 961-3674.

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