Council Member Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with New York State Senator Luis Sepulveda, Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Victor Pichardo and City Council Member Rafael Salamanca, will celebrate the 8th “Abrazo Garifuna Banquet in New York.” in recognition of Garifuna Heritage Month.
The “Abrazo Garifuna Banquet” will take place at Maestro’s Caterers located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, on Friday, May 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and is completely free for all attendees.
The elected officials, together with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., will be presenting proclamations to five (5) distinguished members of the Garifuna Community.
For more Information, please contact Ms. Leila Martinez at 718-792-1140.
The Garifuna are indigenous of mixed-race descendants of West African, Central African, Island Carib, European, and Arawak people.
Although their background is the Lesser Antilles, since 1797, the Garifuna people are from Central America, along the Caribbean Coast of Honduras, with smaller populations in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua. They arrived there after being exiled from the islands of the Lesser Antilles by British colonial administration as Black Caribs after a series of slave revolts. Those Caribs deemed to have had less African admixture were not exiled, and are still living in the islands.
They speak the Garifuna language, among others.