Photo Highlights Caribbean Village 2016: Rich in Vibes

On June 26th, 2016 the Gibson Foundation presented “Caribbean Village”, its yearly community outreach event celebrating Caribbean American Heritage. The family-oriented event featured music, arts, food, and wellness information, all celebrating the many facets of the Caribbean heritage. Headlining the event were Kevin Lyttle of St. Vincent, Top 5’s artist, and Marcia “Electric Slide” Griffiths, the Queen of /Reggae. This year’s South Florida event was held at the Lauderhill Sports Park and offered a wide array of activities especially for children that included rock-wall climbing, bounce houses, donkey rides, a zipline and more presented by the new childcare service Kidsville, which is being built at the Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation. Adults were given the opportunity to participate in team sports like sack racing, eating competitions, judo, and dominoes. There were also cooking demonstrations and competitions, displays and vendors of arts and crafts, and a variety of presentations displaying the cultures of different islands, wellness education,and corporate businesses that support the Caribbean community. The event began with the Miss Jamaica Diaspora swimwear competition, followed by musical and comedy sets by singer Bridget Belcher, Sharon Wiles, and performances by local churches. Emcees included Evangelist Michelle Phillips-Richards, Candice Buchanan, Papa Keith from 103.5 The Beat, and Emprezz Mullings, who was visiting from Jamaica. The lineup of performers included Leon Coldero, Julien Believe, local artists such as Lejah, Sweet Shells, Blade Martin, Lavie, Impact Girls Modelling Academy, and Marcia Griffiths from the I Threes with her international hit “Electric Slide.” Kevin Lyttle closed the show with the popular hits “Turn Me On” and “Drive Me Crazy.” Here are photos highlights. We also posted over 300 photos on our Facebook page.

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