The West Indian American Day Carnival parade’s first Haitian masquerade group will make its debut at the annual Labor Day pageantry next month. The Crown Heights-based Banboche Mas Camp is the first organization that will represent the French-Creole speaking nation in the parade. As one of the newest camps, the group recently launched a weekly fund-raiser leading up to the big event, in an effort to raise funds to support the band’s expenses. At the launch kickoff on Aug. 10, the band was able to earn a little more, said co-founder of the band.

“It went pretty well — we didn’t raise a lot but it went as we thought and we’ve got some more eyes on the group and two new sign ups,” said Andrew Vieux. Continue reading

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