The threat of clouds and a few drops of rain didn’t stop people from coming out and enjoying the Caribbean Dance & Music Festival taking place by the gazebo at Amersfort Park located at East 38th Street and Avenue I on Saturday, June 11th.
Although attendance was lower than usual, there were plenty of activities and fun to be had at the event. Children enjoyed playing a variety of games and arts and crafts such as mask-making.
There was storytelling by Dr. Linda Hazel Humes, the founder of Yaffa Cultural Arts Inc., and drum performance and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Children and adults had fun taking on the limbo challenge to see how low they could go. Entertainment was also provided by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.
Former President George W. Bush proclaimed the establishment of Caribbean-American Heritage Month on June 5, 2006, to encourage Americans to learn more about the history of Caribbean-Americans and their contributions to the nation.
The event was by invitation from District 45 Councilwoman Farah Louis. Co-sponsors included Friends of Amersfort Park, Assembly State of New York, Christian Heritage Ministries, Flatlands Flatbush Civic Group, Elite Learners Inc., Kingdom Destiny Ministries, The Bridge Project and the NYPD.