Even before we launched The Haitian Times in 1999, I knew we wanted to be part of the Labor Day Carnival parade. Over the preceding years, I had heard grumblings from the parade’s organizers that the Haitians were sullying the colorful procession by donning “shabby” T-shirts instead of costumes.
I was determined to change things.
We scoured barbershops, churches and community organizations to recruit people to be part of our defilé walking besides or on the decorative float. One year, we managed to get a handful of young men and women to join our float.
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