Next month, the Charleston CariFest 2010 celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month with a series of special events between June 17-19. The featured country this year is Barbados.
On Thurs. June 17, the CariFest Symposium touches on the "Jewish-Caribbean connection" from 6-9 p.m. at Arnold Hall on the CofC campus. On Fri. June 18, the Masquerade Fete event features a Mardi Gras-style party at the International Longshoreman's Hall on Morrison Drive, with a dinner/dance fundraiser in support of the CariFest Children's Steel Band Project.
A Caribbean Carnival Street Parade kicks off at midday on Sat. June 19 with masqueraders marching from the Visitor's Center on Ann Street, along Carolina and Fishburne streets to Brittlebank Park (on Lockwood Blvd.), where the festivities continue through the afternoon with the Caribbean Carnival Celebration in the park.
There will be a variety of steel bands, reggae/soca music, Caribbean dancers, Indian dancers, food, drink, children's activities, and crafts.
The CariFest after-party takes place on Sat. June 19 at 10 p.m. at the Tropix Bar & Grill (1531 Dorchester Road). Visit charlestoncarifest.com for more.