On Sunday, November 11th 2012 Dominica-American Relief & Development Association (DARDA) hosted its annual National Day Cultural Extravaganza at Eastwood Manor – Bronx, NY in celebration of Dominica’s 34th Anniversary of Independence.
Despite the devastation to the east coast by Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor’easter, local Dominicans and friends came out in record numbers donning their National Dress and displaying their patriotic spirit.
DARDA’s keynote speaker for the event was His Excellency Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations. Also present was Justina Henderson, DEONJ Madame of Madames Wob Dwiyet Northeast.
Guests were treated to traditional dances such as the Quadrille, Flirtation, Mazook and Bele performed by “Know Your Culture Dance Co.” (a New Jersey based group under the supervision of Sabeniah George Mingo). As in prior years, the crowd was also entertained by MC Ronald Deschamps. The evening ended with dancing to good tunes provided by DJ Ron-B of “A Fu Awe Sounds International Entertainment”.
The funds generated from the event will be donated to various worthy causes throughout Dominica. Donations were made by the guests to two of the DARDA’s ongoing initiatives; Toy Drive and School Supply Drive.