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Destination Friday – Haiti

Fort Lauderdale, FL — May is not only Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day -the unofficial start of the summer season and another opportunity to explore the great American outdoors. May is all of the above and some.

May is Haitian (American) History Month and the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), here in Fort Lauderdale (Broward County), Florida, will mark the occasion with one of its signature event – Destination Friday, with the promise of another ethnic-centric party like no other.

Party planners at the AARLCC have extended an invite to the wider and very multi-cultural community of South Florida, to an event that promises to be filled with the pride of Haiti and the joy of dancing and merriment, peculiar to that French Caribbean nation and the pearl of the Antilles.

The date is Friday, May 6, 2016, and the party begins promptly at 6:30 pm, to 9:30 pm. It will be an age-appropriate event for patrons 21 years and older, with a nominal admission (cover charge) fee, at the door.

“We are excited about Haiti,” says Elaina Norlin, Regional Library Manager, “and we’ve been told by the Haitian community to expect a record attendance at this event!”

Haitian culture is known for its vibrant colors and dazzling attire, so come dressed in festive clothing—perhaps embracing the vivid red and blue colors of the Haitian flag. Put on your party face and prepare for an evening of frolic with Haitian-flavored dancing, snacking (cocktails) and drinking that is sure to tantalize every palate.

The library’s lobby will segue from random movements to instructed dancing (always a crowd favorite) led by FIU’s Tou Cho, and the evening will culminate in a wonderful performance by KaJu Afro Haitian Dance in the auditorium. There will also be paintings to enjoy in the gallery, featuring Art Through the Lens of Afro-French Caribbean Artists, plus opportunities to learn more about Haitian travel and customs by Guylene Berry, and door prizes from Haitian restaurants and vendors.

Corporate and community partners for this event include; WSRF Radio, Sa’K Pase Media, the African Wardrobe Festival and the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce.

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 3331. T. 954-357-6210.

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