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Caribbean Fair, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 – Manhattan, NY

CARIBBEAN FAIR

Tuesday, June 13, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

South Street Seaport, Piers 16 & 17, Manhattan

The South Street Seaport, conveniently located venue in lower Manhattan will again be the site for the Caribbean Fair.

Booths manned by CTO countries and private sector partners will display promotional materials, indigenous products and other items representative of the Caribbean . There will be arts and crafts demonstrations throughout the day as well as Caribbean food-tastings by Celebrity Chefs from member booths. Dancers, models, singers and bands, will also perform on stage throughout the day.

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm is the scheduled time for the Publishers Presentation Lunch . Smithsonian Magazine sponsors this event for dignitaries and senior Caribbean tourism officials. Attendance is by invitation only.

At 2:30 pm there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony and Presentation of Proclamations . Tourism Ministers, Directors of Tourism, New York City officials and private sector strategic partners will attend the official presentation of proclamations.

This year Caribbean Week will host two Caribbean Weddings on stage at the Caribbean Fair. The first wedding takes place at 11:00 a.m. and the second one at 3:00 p.m. The Weddings are sponsored by the Condé Nast Bridal Group. The theme of the weddings are – The Most Romantic Proposal, and The Second Time Around. The lucky couples exchanging vows will receive honeymoons in romantic Caribbean destinations of their choice. Renowned Caribbean entertainers will serenade the couples.

Performers during the Concert segment of the Fair include the Police Force Band from Turks & Caicos Islands, Junior Lion from St. Maarten, Half Pint from Jamaica, Leon & the People, Da Bahn from Antigua & Barbuda, Ken Isles from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Jadene and Culture Don from Montserrat a Junkanoo Group from the Bahamas, and Dance Troupes from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Mini-Fashion Shows . During the Fair there will be three mini-fashion shows. Antigua & Barbuda will show Bridal Fashions, St. Maarten/St. Martin will present beach wear and evening wear, and the St. Kitts show will feature casual and evening wear.

A Caribbean Vacation Mart will be an important feature at the Fair. There will be a sale of vacation packages to Caribbean destinations. Travel professionals will be onsite to assist members of the public who might be interested in visiting one of these exotic destinations. This will be the time and place to purchase a Caribbean vacation at special prices available only during Caribbean Week.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has kindly agreed to partner with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to make Applying for a U.S. Passport at CTO-organized events quick and convenient. This partnership helps to address the new U.S. regulation requiring all travelers re-entering the United States after January 1, 2007 to be in possession of a valid passport.

USPS Retail Associates will be on site at the Caribbean Fair at South Street Seaport on June 13, 2006 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm . Persons wishing to apply for a U.S. passport will need the following:

* Completed Passport Application (NOT signed – Application forms can be downloaded from the USPS website and Forms will also be available at the Fair);
* Evidence of Citizenship (original documents only);
* Current Photo Identification (Driver’s License);
* Passport Fees (check or postal money order – Postal money orders will NOT be on sale at the venue.

• Note: Fees must be paid separately. Passport fees are paid to the U.S. Department of State. Execution fees are paid to Postmaster of New York). For information please contact the USPS Marketing Department at 212-330-3070. Visit the website at: http://usps.com/passport for downloadable forms or call 1-800-ASK-USPS.

DIRECTIONS:
By Subway Take 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M to Fulton Street; A and C to Broadway-Nassau. Walk east on Fulton Street to Water Street.

For up to date information on subway service in lower Manhattan click here

By Bus Take M15 (South Ferry-bound) down Second Ave to Fulton Street

By Car From the West Side: take West Street southbound. Follow signs to FDR Drive Take underpass, keep right — use Exit 1 at end of underpass. Turn right on South Street, six blocks.

From the East Side, take FDR Drive south to Exit 3 onto South Street Proceed about 1 mile

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