Charleston Carifest Celebrates 12 Years of Caribbean American Heritage Month

Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival will celebrate 12 years of Caribbean American Heritage Month, June 22-25, 2017. The featured country for this year’s carnival is Haiti.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6pm the Symposium and Opening Reception will be held at the College of Charleston North Campus at 3800 Paramount Drive in North Charleston. The title of the presentation is “Haiti at the Crossroads of Liberation.” The speaker will be Dr. Charlene Désir, Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. Dr. Désir received her doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Friday’s featured event is Toute La Fete du Jour Blanc, an all-white party at Island Breeze on Mosquito Beach from 12pm-5pm. The general public is invited to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month and embrace the Lowcountry connection to the Caribbean.

Carnival day is Saturday, June 24 and starts with a street parade from John Street to King Street to Sumter to Congress to Hagood, finishing at Brittlebank Park. The festival at Brittlebank Park will feature International Soca Artist Scrouge from the Virgin Islands and showcase the Haiti Children’s Choir. Other performers include Umoja African Dance and Drum Company and ReggaeInfinity. Advance tickets are $10.00, Children under 12 free of charge. An after party will follow at Reggae Grill on Rivers Ave.

“People of Caribbean heritage continue to blaze a trail of excellence across the land and it is good to have a time to reflect on their achievements and contributions while educating the community on our Caribbean culture and ways that are important to us. It makes for better understanding and tolerance among people,” says Lorna Shelton Beck, President of South Carolina Caribbean Culture and Heritage, Inc.

For more information, go to charlestoncarifest.com.

Jun-22-17 - Jun-26-17 All day