Big Night in Little Haiti takes place on the third Friday of the month, with children’s activities as well as artists, arts and crafts and food vendors from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
There is free admission and free parking.
The April 17 event will feature “A Little Carnival on a Big Night” by Carnival Arts, a youth arts program sponsored by Barry University, which will opens the night with a Pan-Caribbean carnival parade featuring costumes made by students from Thomas Jefferson Middle School and teens at Miami Bridge. The young performers, dressed as jaguars, peacocks, tropical fish, starfish, coral, and a sea weed forest, will sing, dance, and drum to Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian, and Trinidadian rhythms. Carnival Arts apprentice musicians will perform with master percussionists Michael Kernahan, Catelus “Ton Ton” Laguerre, and Arelan Torres.
Featured performers will be Orchestre Septentrional, a Haitian big band that has been together since 1948.
The hands-on art activities for kids will be sponsored by Positive Impact Foundation/Kose Famn and the Bass Museum of Art.
There’s free secured parking for the event at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59 Terrace; find a detailed schedule here.