The 4th annual Caribbean Village Festival welcomed over 6,000 Villagers on Sunday, June 24th, closing out Caribbean-American Heritage Month. The festivities took place inside the Lauderhill Sports Complex in Lauderhill, FL, a hub for the Caribbean culture. Organizers saw an overall 50% increase displaying enthusiastic attendance at this year’s festival. Food, entertainment, and fun were the ultimate themes at this year’s Caribbean Village.
Sponsors, partners, local businesses, vendors, and residents all came together adding their own flavor to the festival. “I’m overjoyed by the support from the public and the sponsors. There is no level of gratitude to express my appreciation to my team and everyone that played a role in making Caribbean Village come to fluorescent. My phone has not stopped ringing with people wanting to know how can they get involved next year,” said Lindell Douglas, CEO of Caribbean Village Festival
Title Sponsors Publix and Grace Foods hosted the Village Kitchen where Chef Chad of Refresh Live Cafe, whipped up tantalizing dishes using an array of products from sponsors. The Gospel segment showered the park with blessings with acts such as Second Chance, Wayne Stoddart, and Omari. The Cultural performers brought the park to higher heights featuring Sister Passion, Knockz954, Blade Martin, Sweet Shells, and the Junkanoo Band, all who filled the air with true authentic vibes. Once the main acts started to roll out the energy of ‘wanting more’ was felt throughout the Village. One by one main acts Kymani Marley, Alison Hinds, Kevin Lyttle, Shurwayne Winchester, Julien Believe, MikaBen, and Maxi Priest, all represented their Island on stage. Villagers were in for a treat when an unrehearsed tribute to Bob Marley was done by Maxi Priest and Kymani Marley spreading ‘One Love’ and unity.
Caribbean Village is prepared to make 2019 even bigger and better giving Villagers another year to anticipate and add to the history book.