Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:41
On Sunday, May 19 the grounds of the beautiful, Vincent Torres Park will come to life as the 19th Annual Caribbean Multi-cultural Celebration known as Unifest, is set to kick off at 11 a.m. and run until 11 p.m.
Unifest is recognized as the longest running "multi-cultural event" in Lauderdale Lakes and Broward County. This event has seen 18 successful stagings and has attracted more than 8,000 people annually and is expected to attract more than 10,000 people this year. Unifest is a celebration of the diverse yet rich culture of the Caribbean and is creatively designed to unify people and show off their unique cultures.
The event is broken down into various fun-filled activities to include a cultural display of arts and crafts, popular Caribbean sports and past time such as netball, soccer and a domino tournament, business expo and health fair. The "Cultural Corner" this year will emphasize the commemoration of 'Haitian Flag Day', an exciting and colorful carnival costume parade. There will also be "Flavors of the Caribbean" which is an array of various types of food from across the Caribbean, where popular restaurateurs from the Florida area will get the chance to showcase some of their favorite Caribbean dishes. This is a family friendly event so patrons are encouraged to bring the kids where they will be entertained in a special "Kiddie Village."
The newest addition to the event is the "Caribbean Jazz Brunch," from 12 noon to 3 p.m. featuring Eugene Grey, Randy Corinthian and Jus' Cynthia. The highlight of the night will be "Music under the Stars" which will feature reggae icons Ken Boothe and Ernie Smith, soca/calypso greats Nigel Lewis and Tallpree, Haitian super rapper TPO as well as performances from popular Jamaican reggae band Code Red, the energetic musical group Caribbean Music Farm and South Florida's home grown talent Wade Martin. This festival is deemed as the official kick-off to the celebration of "National Caribbean American Heritage Month in June. The main goal for an event of this magnitude is to educate and sensitize the community and to bring even more awareness to its cultural makeup.
Unifest takes place on Sunday, May 19 at the Vincent Torres Park, 4331 NW 36th Street in Lauderdale Lakes.
Part of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition Annual Scholarship Program.
For more information visit facebook.com/unifestlive, call 954.634.2470 or 754.816.8825
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