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Slideshow: Africans Celebrate Heritage with Harlem Parade, Festival

Photographers: Jay Devineni (Senegalese Beat Reporter) and Ntshepeng Motema (Malian Beat Reporter)

People from all over Africa and the African diaspora participated in the Sixth Annual African Day Parade and Festival on Sept. 23, 2012 in Harlem.  From noon to 4 pm, people of African descent strolled, sang, and danced their way down Malcolm X Boulevard wearing traditional garb.  The parade was followed by a festival in Marcus Garvey Park, where everyone was treated to music from native African singers and musicians.

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Slideshow: Mexico Independence Day Attracts Thousands to Festival

by Griselda Denise Ramirez, Mexican Beat Reporter —

Mexico declared its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810, a day known to Mexicans as “El Grito de la Independencia,” or the Cry of Independence The declaration marked the beginning of the Mexican War, which lasted until Spain recognized Mexicans as a free people about a decade later.

Every year Mexicans celebrate their Independence Day by attending an “El Grito” event on Sept. 15, the kickoff to Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated the following day on Sept. 16. Festivities usually include parades and festivals, either in Mexico or elsewhere in the world. In New York City this year, people celebrated on Saturday and Sunday.

This year, the Mexican Consulate in New York and Instituto Cultural de Mexico hosted the El Grito party at La Boom in Queens on Saturday. The celebration continued Sunday with parades, such as the one that marched down Madison Avenue. After the parades, many flocked to a part of El Barrio neighborhood on East 116th Street between 2nd and Lexington avenues for the 17th annual Mexican Independence Day Festival.

One El Barrio resident, Javier Mendoza, 25 and originally from  Guerrero, Mexico,  wore a white bandana with the words “Mexico” across it and a white shirt  with the Mexican flag on it. Mendoza held his cellphone to his ear with one hand and a plate filled with tacos de “azada,” or steak, in the other hand.

“I’ve lived in New York for seven years and I haven’t missed a single festival,” said Mendoza, who works in a Japanese restaurant. “Coming to this festival and eating the food reminds me of living in Mexico.”

The patriotic colors green, white and red were everywhere – on bandanas, clothes, flags, necklaces, bracelets, sunglasses. Some people wore large sombreros as well as Mexican wrestling masks known as mascaras de lucha libre. Two main stages on each end of the enclosed festival featured live bands that played traditional Mexican folk and dance music.

Participants enjoyed Mexican cuisine, such as tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, chicharrones, (pork skins) and elotes,  (corn on the cob covered in mayonnaise, cheese and chili powder).

About 50,000 people attended the event throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., said Sandra Perez, the event’s organizer. Perez is the executive director of the Mexican Community Center.

Jorge Velasquez of Puebla, Mexico, dressed as Chapulin Colorado, a well-known character of the Mexican television sitcom “El Chavo del Ocho.” His 13-year-old daughter Sabrina, born in the Bronx, dressed as Chilindrina, an adult actress who plays a barrio girl in the same comedy sitcom. Velasquez said he brings his family – three daughters and wife — to the festival because he wants to teach them about his Mexican culture.

“I’m so proud to be Mexican,” said Velasquez. He has attended the event with his wife for the past 14 years.

“Even if my daughters were born here in New York, I want them to maintain their Mexican heritage.

Here is a photo slide show covering the day’s event.

 

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Slideshow: West Indians Celebrate Trinidad’s 50 Years of Independence

by Stephen Jiwanmall, Trinidadian Beat Reporter —

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago turned 50 on August 31, and festivities in Brooklyn marked the occasion.

In addition, Labor Day Weekend was full of events celebrating West Indian culture. The main event was the West Indian American Day Carnival, the 45th annual Labor Day parade down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.

Check out this photo slideshow for coverage of three of the weekend’s events:

  • Labor Day Carnival: More than two million people came to Brooklyn to be part of the biggest parade in New York City.
  • Steel Band Panorama: Steel band music originated in Trinidad, and local steel band orchestras competed in an annual “battle of the bands.”
  • Brass Fest: Musicians from all around the Caribbean celebrated Trinidad’s Independence Day with an unforgettable concert.
The events were organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA).

Created with flickr slideshow.

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