This is an annual festival which celebrates the arrival of the first Garifuna people to Central America and in particular to Punta Gorda, Roatan, Honduras.
During the event there are theatrical performances that represent the arrival of the first group of Garifuna from Yurime, a region in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent where the First Garifuna people came from, dating all the way back to 1797. Performances re-enact the reception of the Garifunas by the native Islanders. A march takes place by foot and by boat all along the bay and symbolizes the Garifuna arrival to Punta Gorda and symbolizes their new found freedom as they escaped years of slavery under British and Spanish rule.
At this event you will see Garifuna culture at its best! Traditional songs in the Garifuna language, dances, drums, and the typical dress with black, white and yellow colors, are accompanied by Garifuna food such as the machuca (mashed plantain or plantain soup), the traditional coconut bread, guifity (a local alcoholic brew), and much, much more.
Event Dates: April 12, 2016
Entrance to the event is free.
Not covered are meals and transportation costs to Punta Gorda.
Ages Event is Appropriate for: All ages.