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Caribbean American Heritage Month – Caribbean Village 2016 “Come Feel the Vibes”

kevin lyttle
Written by Staff Writer

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, The Galleon Foundation will be presenting its annual community outreach event “Caribbean Village”, an exciting, family-friendly music, arts, food and wellness festival celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Headliners include Billboard Top 5’s artist Kevin Lyttle from St Vincent and the illustrious Queen of Reggae Marcia “Electric Slide” Griffiths.

South Florida will come alive Sunday, June 26th at the Lauderhill Sports Park, The Caribbean Village will offer fun, entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Kids will have an array of activities such as rock wall climbing, bounce houses, zipline, donkey rides and more presented by Kidsville, a new childcare service under construction at the Westfield Broward Mall, Plantation.

Adults who want to play can enjoy team sports including sack races, eating competitions, ludo, and dominoes.

There will be cooking demonstrations and competitions, arts and craft displays and vendors, cultural displays from various islands, wellness education, corporate businesses who are avid supporter of community’s endeavors. Caribbean islands are known to offer tasty dishes such as jerk chicken, roti, conch, etc., food vendors will be ready to tantalize your palette.

The Miss Jamaica Diaspora swimwear competition will kick off the evening’s performances, followed by comedy and music sets. Singer Bridget Belcher will headline the gospel segment featuring performers Sharon Wiles and performances by local churches. The MCs consists of Evangelist Michelle Phillips-Richards, Candice Buchanan, Papa Keith from 103.5 The Beat, and Emprezz Mullings, visiting from Jamaica, will host the lineup of performers including Leon Coldero, Julien Believe, local artists such as Lejah, Sweet Shells, Blade Martin, Lavie, Impact Girls modelling Academy, Marcia Griffiths from the I Threes with her international hit “Electric Slide” and Kevin Lyttle, who will close the show on a high note with popular hits like “Turn Me On” and “Drive Me Crazy.”

Caribbean Village will be hosted by Commissioner Howard Berger of City of Lauderhill. Patrons are welcome to bring their personal sized tents and lawn chairs, but no food and drinks.

“The Caribbean Village is one of the four events hosted by The Galleon Foundation in aid of raising much needed funds for its Scholarships Programs. Caribbean Village aim is to highlight and educate the community about the rich Caribbean Heritage,” said Lindell Douglas, president of the Galleon Foundation. “Parents can bring their children to this event to learn more about the diverse cultures of the Caribbean islands. It will be a fun filled day for the entire family.”

Sponsors include: LDA Wealth Management, NBC 6, Yellow Cab, Douglas Chiropractic, The DutchPot Jamaican Restaurant, 103.5 The Beat, Grace Foods, Hi Class Promotions, Unique Productions, The Lauderhill Mall, Jamaica National, Miss Jamaica Diaspora, Kidsville, Caribbean National Weekly, Singh Roti Shop, Amazing Soursop, Jamaicans.com, Rock da Box and SFLCN.com.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at http://caribbeanvillage.net for $20 presold and $25 at the gate. Kids under 15 are FREE. The festival begins at 1:00PM and ends at 9:00PM. For information, visit www.caribbeanvillage.net or call 954-308-8668.

About the Galleon Foundation
The Galleon Foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to financially disadvantaged children at its adopted schools through scholarship and mentorship programs, to ensure that these children have access to a great education and are prepared for success in the future. The success of our children will ensure the success of the Caribbean Diaspora, the Galleon Foundation is committed to ensuring our kids are given the opportunity to be successful.

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