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The 2017 Caribbean Heritage Festival And Parade: A Showcase Of Diversity And Talent

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ORANGE, NJ - Mayor Dwayne D. Warren, Esq. and the City of Orange Township Municipal Council will host the 18th Anniversary of the Caribbean Heritage Day Festival in Monte Irvin Orange Park, on Saturday August 5, 2017. 

The Festival is a tradition dating back to the Oranges in the 1970s. Today, it is the premiere Caribbean Festival in Essex County, with thousands of people from numerous countries participating every year. The Caribbean Heritage Day Festival creates an environment where people can participate in the creativity of different cultures while celebrating their similarities and diversities, which emulate the history of Carnival and demonstrate the strength of the Caribbean American community in New Jersey.

This years' festivities include the Caribbean Heritage Parade at 10 am at the corner of Scotland Road and Central Avenue and winds its way down Central Avenue into Monte Irvin - Orange Park.

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Scheduled to perform at this years' Caribbean Festival include Adrian Dutchen, Shelley G., the Fanoko Cultural Singers, Harmony Music Steel Pan Band, Young Soca Sensation - The Big Show and International Monarch King - Rikki Jai.

There will be carnival rides and games for the whole family. Attendees are invited to join the Powder Tee Shirt section to be part of the action and celebrate the culture.

The Mayor's VIP Tent sponsors for food and beverage donations include: Golden Krust, El Salvador Restaurant, Toast of the Town, and other home cooks and caterers.

"The Festival showcases the energy and diversity of our Caribbean community in Orange and Essex County," said Mayor Warren. "Every year, we look forward to the music, the live acts and the fantastic crowds representing all of the island nations. The festival not only showcases the  best of our Caribbean and West-Indian communities, but reminds us because of our immigrant communities that our City thrives."

The Mayor added, "I'd like to thank Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Freeholder President Britnee N. Timberlake for their continued support in making our Caribbean Heritage Day Festival a success."

Vendor applications are being accepted at City Hall, 29 North Day Street in Orange.

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