Jamaicans In Palm Beach Celebrate Independence Weekend – August 2006

Jamaicans in Palm Beach County, South Florida, will observe the nation’s 44th Independence celebrations with a weekend of activities starting on Saturday (Aug 5).

Jamaicans of Palm Beaches, a charitable organization of Jamaicans will host the annual Independence Ball to be held at the Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach.

On Sunday, (Aug. 6), beginning at 10 a.m., a service of thanksgiving will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach. The officiating minister will be the Reverend Winston Wright. A number of state officials and distinguished guests are expected to participate in the event.

Following the service, hundreds of Jamaican nationals will celebrate at the Jamaica Festival to be held and the John Prince Park in Lake Worth. The event which begins at 12 noon on Sunday (Aug. 6) will feature several local entertainers and reggae artistes including Errol Dunkley, Alton Ellis, Stanley and the Turbines, Debbie Elliot, and upcoming reggae artist Turbulence. Also making an appearance will be former Jamaica Festival two-time gold medallist for speech, Miss Cleopatra Carr.

The day-long festival will be hosted by the United Sports and Social Club, another community based association of Jamaican nationals.Cheryl Wynter (305-374-8384)