Miami-Dade County Marks 13th Year of Celebrating Haitian Culture in the Month of May

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, released Miami-Dade County’s official 2013 Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Event Calendar. The calendar lists the various events being held in Miami-Dade County in the month of May to celebrate Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. The theme for the month is “Haiti: Beauty, History, Legacy, Heritage.”

This month-long celebration of the arts, culture and cuisine of Haiti will kick off on May 1st with the opening of several exhibits of Haitian art around Miami-Dade County. The art displays will be located at PortMiami, 1015 N. American Way; Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st Street; the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212-260 NE 59th Street; the Center for Haitian Studies, 8260 NE 2nd Avenue; the Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue and Miami International Airport, 2100 NW 42nd Avenue.

Other events on this year’s calendar include Zakafest at the Little Haiti Cultural Center; a “Taste of Haiti” featuring Haitian cuisine; a Haitian History Bee and Young Artist Challenge; a Compas Festival; soccer tournaments and a gospel concert. Locations, dates and times of all events are listed on the 2013 Haitian Heritage Cultural Month Event Calendar. Copies of the calendar are available at Commissioner Monestime’s district office, 900 NE 125th Street, North Miami, Florida or can be obtained by visiting www.miamidade.gov/district02.

“This year’s events will celebrate the rich heritage of the Haitian people and Haiti’s cultural contributions to the world,” said Commissioner Monestime, the first Haitian-American elected to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. “I invite all the residents of Miami-Dade County to participate in these wonderful events and explore the beauty, history, legacy and heritage of Haiti.”

This year marks the 13th year that Miami-Dade County has celebrated Haitian Heritage Cultural Month. The first County recognition of Haitian Heritage Cultural Month was in May 2001, through Resolution R-452-01.

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