August 13, 2022

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Unifest 2022 Celebrates 28 Years of Caribbean Unity in South Florida

by Howard Campbell

[LAUDERDALE LAKES] – One in every of numerous occasions curtailed by COVID-19 previously two years, Unifest returns dwell on July 24 at Vincent Torres Park in Lauderdale Lakes.

It’s the twenty eighth staging of the day-long present, a mainstay of the Caribbean group in South Florida. Jamaican Hazelle Rogers, mayor of Lauderdale Lakes, is anticipating a bumper turnout.

“Persons are trying ahead to getting out now greater than ever after COVID so we’re attempting to provide them one other exercise to interact in,” she mentioned.

The lethal pandemic compelled organizers to stage the 2020 and 2021 editions of Unifest just about. This yr sees Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados being specifically honored.

Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have fun 60 years of independence in August whereas Barbados — which grew to become a Republic final yr — celebrates its 56th yr as a sovereign nation in November.

Rogers says it was a way of Caribbean unity that impressed Unifest. She was a part of the group that initiated the occasion within the recreation room on the headquarters for the Metropolis of Lauderdale Lakes.

“Unifest for the primary three or 4 years was all concerning the Caribbean communities. The non-profits have been capable of come out and lift funds to help themselves and their actions,” she mentioned.

Rogers is a part of a five-member committee. A committee that features colleagues from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts/Nevis and Haiti, who oversees Unifest.

Actions and Reside Performances

Along with cultural actions synonymous with the Caribbean, similar to netball and domino event, there might be dwell performances from Jamaican reggae artists Kenyatta Hill of Tradition, Duane Stephenson, Wayne Armond of Chalice, Annette Brissett and soca star Iwer George of Trinidad and Tobago.

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There can even be an look by the Marching Band of Portmore from Jamaica. They’re part of Lauderdale Lakes’ cultural alternate program. In 2014, the Marching Band of Boyd Anderson Excessive Faculty in Lauderdale Lakes visited Jamaica.