Arts & Culture, Caribbean, Coronavirus, Haiti

Haiti Cancels Flag Day Celebrations as Coronavirus Cases Increase

By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery

Girl students walking in the Haitian Flag Day Parade in 2018 in Cap-Haitien. Photo by Samuel Volcy

For the second year in a row, the Cap Haitien Flag Day parade has been canceled. In 2019, it wasn’t held due to safety issues amid a political crisis. This year, it was the novel coronavirus that robbed the Cap-Haitien residents of the celebration of their flags.

“Ah, this is more than sadness,” secondary school’s, C.P.N. EDITH, band leader Fritz Rhodson Jules told The Haitian Times in a Creole interview. “It really hurts that the parade won’t happen. I can’t even explain it, it’s a big event. It’s one of the biggest moments we lived each year. This year we’re left with a bitter taste in our mouths.”

Jules has been participating in the parade since he was eight years old in 1998. He played the trumpet, the trombone, the small and the big drum and the cymbals before becoming EDITH’s chief maestro. Continue reading. 


Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
May. 17, 2020