KETCH DE FEVA! At The Detroit Caribbean Festival
For over 20 years, the Caribbean Cultural & Carnival Organization (CCCO) has hosted a Caribbean Cultural Festival & Parade in Metro Detroit. This year’s festival will be held on August 9, 10, and 11, 2013 in the picturesque New Center Park, located in Midtown Detroit. This arena will be filled with the sights, sounds & flavors of the Caribbean and an exceptional line up of local and international singers, djs and live bands, dance performances, food, art, and presentations. The Caribbean countries being highlighted this year are the Bahamas and St. Kitts-Nevis.
There will be authentic Caribbean foods and drinks for guests to savor the flavor of the region. We will also have vendors from all walks of life selling their colorful and unique wares.
This 3-Day festival kicks off Friday afternoon with a special opening ceremony. Organization and community dignitaries will cut the ribbon to officially launch the festivities. We will have a presentation from representatives from The Bahamas and St Kitts-Nevis to encourage us to visit their home country. A stream of models adorned in the bright and colorful carnival costumes will flow through the park. Our lovely and talented Miss Carival & Jr. Miss Carival pageant court will perform a traditional Afro-Puerto Rican folk dance. This year’s reining Miss Carival & Jr. Miss Carival queens will be introduced to the Caribbean Community and our supporters.
Saturday will start off with a bang with a Caribbean style Block Party that will replace our traditional parade. Attendees are encouraged to participate by wearing their national colors, jump up and wave the flag of their homeland and “Ketch di Feva,” as this year’s theme calls for.
The party doesn’t cool off after the Block Party. Raise the temperature with a zumba style work out designed to keep the blood pumping and energy running high. Learn how to whine your waist during the Caribbean dance class, find out what the traditional dance of Maypole is all about, and enjoy invigorating music from Haiti and Puerto Rico.
Our very own Detroit-based band, Universal Xpression will be performing live with an eclectic mix of soca, calypso, and reggae music. This performance is guaranteed to get you in the right mood and we close this second evening with the one and only Nadine Sutherland, straight from Jamaica. Those familiar with Ms. Sutherland know that she is a very talented crooner who can contribute her start with the great Bob Marley and has worked with the likes of Bunny Wailer, Leroy Sibbles, and Gregory Isaacs.
For those who want to continue the party can join us as we “Tun it Up” at the official festival after party. Hard hitting djs, Roots Rock sound, will be spinning a variety of Caribbean party music to have everyone dancing and jumping the night away.
Come enjoy with an inspiring hour of praise and worship as we do in the islands on Sunday afternoon. The rest of the day is filled with more enlightening cultural music and dance performances. The end of this ram jam weekend will come to a close with another live band, Roots Vibration, this year’s 2013 Detroit Music Awards winner for Outstanding Reggae Band.
So whether you’re young or old, well-informed or curious, timid or adventurous, we, the CCCO, invite one and all to come “Ketch di feva! Di Caribbean Feva!”