Phoenix Caribbean Carnival promises weekend of food, fun, music and culture

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- This Memorial Day weekend marks the third year for the Phoenix Caribbean Carnival.

The City of Phoenix has welcomed back this highly anticipated weekend filled with events that bring Caribbean cultural awareness to the Valley of the Sun.  Attendees will gather in amazement at the dazzling parade and festival with the theme presentation "The Splendor, The Culture, The Caribbean, The Carnival!" featuring Stilt Walkers, Steel Bands, Traditional Ole' Mas, Junior and Senior Masqueraders in colorful garb and masks and Native American Dancer.

The Caribbean American Phoenix Carnival Cultural Association of Arizona (CAPAZ) was originally formed to bring a voice for the Caribbean and Caribbean American community bringing cultural expression and pride.This event attracts hundreds of travelers from around the United States to this dynamic three day celebration. The Carnival village which will be open on Sunday morning after the parade will showcase local and international musical performances, art exhibit stations and tasty cultural cuisines. A full schedule of signature events will keep your entire family counting down the days to the next Caribbean Carnival Celebration.

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CARIBBEAN FLAG PARTY! Friday, May 23, 2014, 9PM-2AM @THE BRICK, 455 N 3rd Street inside the Arizona Center. Cost: $10 before 11PM.\

Join in our celebration of Caribbean unity that brings together all nationalities. Come out, represent your country by wavin' yuh flag and dressing in the colors of your national heritage.

THE WHITE AFFAIR PARTY Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9PM-2AM, in the Courtyard of Park Central Mall in front of Seay's, 3121 N 3rd Avenue, Suite #140 in Down Town Phoenix. Cost: $10 before 11PM. Guests are invited to wear all white (or at least something white) to our premier evening event. This will be a night of celebration, live entertainment, DJ music, Caribbean cuisine and a great bar!

Trinidad and Tobago style MASQUERADE PARADE! Sunday, May 25, 2014 with step-off @10AM through the streets of Down Town Phoenix. This is the premier event of the weekend! Enjoy Pretty Mas, Steel Bands, Old Mas, Camouflage, T-Shirt and Mud Bands and much more. Don't miss it! Follow the Parade right into the…

CARNIVAL VILLAGE  Sunday, May 25th, 2014, 11AM-5PM in the Courtyard of Park Central Mall in front of Seay's, 3121 N 3rd Avenue,Suite #140; (North of St. Josephs Hospital on 3rd Avenue just South of Osborne, next to the DMG Building) in Down Town Phoenix, FREE! Patrons can bring their families and enjoy the many different sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean and beyond: entertainers, cuisine, specialty products, arts and crafts, and, of course...the great weather of Down Town Phoenix!

LAS' LAP PARTY! Sunday, May 25, 2014, 9PM-2AM @Oceans 7 Nightclub, 1420 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Cost: $20 before 11PM.The closing event of the Phoenix Caribbean Carnival 2014; a final party to thank one and all for participating in this great Caribbean experience. Help with the Send-off of Carnival 2014 and the Kick-off to Carnival 2015!