Tampa, Fla. – In celebration of National Caribbean Heritage Month, the University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) and the Caribbean-American National Development Organization (CANDO) will present the 12th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. at University Park, 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa, 33613.
The month of June is recognized as National Caribbean Heritage Month, and is celebrated in major cities across the United States. The purpose of the event is to promote cultural activities, recognize and encourage the diverse cultures within the local Caribbean American community. This fun festival will be open air, with Artists, Live Bands, DJ’s, Arts & Crafts, and Ethnic Foods for the entire family.
“The Tampa Bay Caribbean Heritage Festival is one of the highlights of our celebration of diversity in the University Area and throughout greater Tampa Bay. We are looking forward to being a part of this rich and diverse festival and the numerous influences the Caribbean culture has on our community,” said University Area CDC Chief Development Officer Jaree Ervin.
Performers include: from Trinidad, (Soca) Mr Erphaan Alves; from Jamaica (Reggae) and Tampa – Jaharifi Band; from Haiti (Konpa) – TropiGrove; from Venezuela (Latin) – Aramis Sol; from St Lucia Krazy K; from Africa – Keemba; from USA – rapper Mr. Unknown, and a host of local DJs.
Tickets are $20; children 12 and under enter for free. This event is a fundraiser for University Area CDC and CANDO, both 501(c) (3) organizations who provide much needed services to the community.
CANDO promotes educational, workforce development, cultural and business programs to the Caribbean community in the Tampa Bay region. CANDO’s latest goal is to host a community facility that will stand as a home base for the Caribbean population, offering professional, social and educational support. For more information, call 813.505.6683 or visit www.wicando.org.
About University Area CDC
University Area CDC, celebrating 23 years of serving the community, offers support for thousands of Tampa residents through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. For more information about University Area CDC, visit www.UACDC.org or call 813.558.5212.