Haitian Flag Day-May 18

Haitian Flag Day-May 18

Haitian Flag Day is observed on May 18 in Haiti and in number of US cities that have a large population of Haitian Americans. For instance, on the last Sunday in May in Brooklyn, New York there is a Haitian Day Parade that processes down Toussaint Louverture Boulevard organized by the Haitian-American Carnival Association.

A little history on Haitian Flag Day.

Why May 18th?

Because on May 18, 1803 former Creole slaves, like Toussaint Louverture a leading figure in Haitian Revolution, marched on what is now Por-au-Prince with a flag they pieced together.

Wait who is Toussaint Louverture?

Well in 1789 a revolution broke out in France and slaves were ready to fight for freedom. Toussaint Louverture was a leader in the most successful slave uprising in August 1791. He trained an army of slaves who fought against tens of thousands of French, Spanish, and British soldiers. Independence was won in 1804.

Why is the flag blue and red?

They took a French flag of blue, white, and red and cut the white band out to indicate that the French no longer controlled the colony. They kept the blue to represent blacks and mixed-race people, and red to symbolize their blood.

 

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