A celebration of culture
West Indian Caribbean American carnival and parade lights up Jersey City
West Indian Caribbean American carnival
If everybody is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, then everybody was West Indian on July 22, when residents throughout Jersey City got a taste of West Indian Caribbean culture as a colorful parade made its way through the city from Lincoln Park to City Hall.
The city is host to many festivals throughout the year celebrating cultures from around the world. The West Indian Caribbean festival generally takes place in July each year. In the past, the event was sometimes shortened due to various changes in city law, but this year, the 22nd year of the celebration, the scheduled festival followed the parade at Exchange Place, providing provided an opportunity for residents and participants to celebrate in dance and music and get a taste of a variety of regional foods.
This event is designed to promote and foster an understanding of the West Indian/ Caribbean heritage and culture to the general public through art, music, literature, and food.
Hosted by the Jersey City Caribbean Carnival Association, the parade and festival are inspired by a carnival that is world famous in South America during February, the summer season there.
Trinidadian musical performances filled the air, while there were other festivities for adults and children, including cuisine provided by a number of food vendors.
“We honor all traditions here in Jersey City,” said…