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When: Sat., June 19, 2-8:30 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 557-6258
Price: $5/advance, $10/gate, Free/children 12 and under
Did you know that Rihanna is from Barbados? And did you know that the island country was home to the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere (before it was destroyed in a hurricane in the 1800s)? You can learn more about Barbados, the country of honor at this year’s Carifest, at the three-day celebration for Caribbean American Heritage Month. It kicks off at the College of Charleston’s Jewish Center with a symposium titled “Synagogues and Solidarity: Jewish Connections in Charleston and the Caribbean.” Earlier in the evening, Mayor Joe Riley will present the Caribbean American Heritage Month Proclamation. Friday night is the Masquerade Fête at the International Longshoremen’s Association Hall. The dinner, which costs $30, will benefit the Carifest Children’s Steel Band Project. And Saturday features a Carnival Street Parade; costumed strutters will take over downtown streets starting at the Visitor Center and traveling to Brittlebank Park, where the celebration will continue. This cultural festival will feature steel bands, reggae/soca music, Caribbean dancers, crafts, and food and beverages. The party in the park starts at 2 p.m., while the parade begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. —Susan Cohen


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