{CANCELED} 2020 National Day Celebration - Nov. 10th 


DARDA's organizing members are disappointed to officially announce that the annual National Day Luncheon for 2020 has been canceled due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year,  this event is our opportunity to celebrate Dominica's independence - and its cultural heritage more broadly - while raising funds to send home in support of social service programs. However, as it is of critical importance to reduce the likelihood of further coronavirus outbreaks in the New York area and elsewhere, a gathering such as ours is unwise and in fact, may not be permissible by state law.

Aside from any inconvenience caused by this cancellation, we are aware that patrons and their families throughout the diaspora may be suffering physically, emotionally, or financially during this time. DARDA wishes to acknowledge these difficulties and sends love and our sincere  condolences to anyone who may have suffered a loss. 

We hope to be in a better position next year, so that we may try again to join together in love & unity.

We are planning on ways in which we can still celebrate our national independence and express our pride in our Dominican culture. Follow us on Facebook at DARDA Dominica and Instagram at darda_org for information on how you can join us in a virtual celebration in the upcoming days.

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The event was another celebration filled with food, laughter, music, and dancing.  The agenda included a welcome by DARDA newly seated President Caryl Greaves-Bowen followed by a special recognition of outgoing president, Lorna McIntyre Phillips highlighting her years of service   


The evening included traditional dances such as the Bèlè and Quadrille, and guests proudly showed off their cultural attire during the Parade of National Wear. As it has become tradition, DARDA crowned our very own Ms. Wob Dwiyet and again, A Fu Awe Sounds provided the music for the evening.


DARDA acknowledged its patrons' continued generosity, particularly in response to Hurricane Maria, The funds donated to DARDA have been used to provide small grants to community institutions and programs around the island,  

DARDA humbly gives thanks for all of the support it received from the diaspora, which we excitedly share with our comrades at home.

2019 National Day Celebration


On Sunday, November 10, 2019 DARDA celebrated Dominica's 41st anniversary of independence with a National Day Gala held at Eastwood Manor in the Bronx, NY.

ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION


Preserving our heritage


One of DARDA's main objectives is the preservation of Dominica's rich cultural heritage here in America.


The National Day Celebration is planned so that parents, children, family and friends can come together in a great cultural experience to enjoy music, traditional dances, stories and our national dress.  This celebration helps to promote a greater understanding of Dominica's rich heritage.  Proceeds benefit various needy causes in Dominica.