The 5th annual parade and concert organized by Life of Hope drew more than 1,000 to Flatbush on May 11 for a celebration of culture.

U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke was among several federal, state and local officials at the event. In a brief interview with Go West Now, the congresswoman said she was proud to celebrate Haitian culture because of the country’s contributions to Brooklyn, New York City and the world at large.

“We do the kickoff every year,” Luxama said. “We thank everybody—our friends, family, volunteers, elected officials —who make this opening of Haitian Heritage Month so successful every year.

Costumed participants, dressed as Haitian heroes of independence for the parade, pose for a photo.

A reveler wearing a “Kreyol AF” sweatshirt sings along during a set by Tabou Combo.

Organizer Porez Luxama, executive director of Life of Hope, greets arriving participants.

Macollvie J. Neel, a writer and communications consultant, serves as executive editor of Go West Now. Her company Comms Maven LLC helps mission-driven professionals and organizations tell their stories in workplaces and media spaces. Her professional development ebook — Scripts for Success: Workplace Communication Templates to Advance Your Career — is available on Bookboon.

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