Photos: Celebrating Haitian culture all month long


In recognition of May as Haitian Heritage Month, Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages joined forces with community partners to celebrate the rich history, culture, cuisine and contributions of the Haitian community with their free event on May 13.

Dozens gathered at Meli Melo Caribbean Cuisine restaurant in Valley Stream and enjoyed live performances, authentic Haitian cuisine and art.

Haitian Heritage Month is an expansion of Haitian Flag Day, which falls on May 18 — a patriotic day for many Haitians around the globe. This date marks Haiti’s independence from France and the anniversary of the Haitian flag being flown for the first time in 1803.