By Elizabeth Hazard

It’s finally the month of May. And for the Haitian community, that means it’s time to celebrate. May is Haitian Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the culture and community together with food, music, entertainment and all-around revelry. Here’s where you can find some celebrations this month in New Jersey:

Kompa Night on May 3 at the Ainsworth in Hoboken (310 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ) is a Flag Féte coordinated the Haitian Flag Day Planning Committee of NJ where tropical attire is highly suggested. The annual celebration is a fundraising event that unites supporters of the Haitian culture through music, dance and celebration.

Creole Fest will take place at the CF Loft in Irvington on Saturday, May 18. The first annual Creole Fest will celebrate Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Culture. The event starts at 2pm and will go until 8pm.

Asbury Park will host the Third Annual Celebration of Haitian Heritage Month on Saturday, May 18. Organized by New Jersey-Haiti Partners, this family-friendly event is free to the public and welcomes all to celebrate and learn about the Haitian culture. Musicians, dancers and speakers will entertain all at this fun event at this iconic Jersey Shore town filled with lots of local history.

If you cannot make it to one of these fun events, that’s Ok. Still fly your Haitian flag with pride and celebrate Haitian Heritage Month in style wherever you are!

Elizabeth Hazard is a writer, producer and photography editor in New York City. Her work has appeared in various publications and websites. She frequently writes about art & culture, fashion and history.

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