By Alva French

After a hiccup last year that prevented the predominantly Haitian band to take the parkway last year, Banboche Mas took to Eastern Parkway earlier this month for the annual West Indian American Day Parade.

Their participation in the parade this year marks the first time in years a costumed Haitian band appeared in the parade.

Their theme this year? Highlighting one of Haiti’s premiere destinations — Labadee; a popular port stop for Royal Caribbean. Highlights included appearances on the float from singer and comedian Jessie Woo and music from DJ Stakz, DJ Pretty Nyce and DJ Hard Hitting Harry. Rising artist Tadia Toussaint also joined in and performed her new single “Down Low.”

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