PATERSON, NJ- With their birth nation's flag flying proudly over Paterson City Hall less than two miles away, thousands of local residents donned their own black, gold and green and descended on Eastside Park for the annual two-day Jamaica Day Carnival on Saturday.

With main sponsor Councilman Bill McKoy helping to lead the festivities, attendees enjoyed the music, food, and fun synonymous with their ancestral homeland. Local restaurants such as Tropical Delight set up food tents throughout the carnival with menus featuring dishes such as jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtails, and plantains, while familiar reggae tunes blared live from the festival's stage.   

The carnival continues on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and includes The Gospel Experience, with performances by Adrian Bullens, Natalie Evans, Andre Revelation, and Paula Robinson-Smith beginning at 4:00 p.m.