Come out Friday 5 August to help celebrate Jamaican Independence in the Cayman Islands for the 12th year in a row with the Official Jamaica Independence Celebration and annual Cayman’s Premier Jamaica Independence event under the distinguished patronage of the Honourary Jamaican Consul. All events are absolutely free to the public to come out and enjoy.
It is an all-day and night affair which will have various activities taking place at different times with the aim to celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in a wholesome family atmosphere, educate on and share Jamaica’s cultural diversity, showcase Jamaica’s cultural forms such as traditional dance, music, speech, craft and food, promote and highlight the cultural ties between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, provide quality entertainment for all age groups and simply enjoy an event for the entire family.
Day activities begin at 7am and continue until 3pm. All of the action takes place along Cardinal Avenue in the heart of George Town. There will be food stalls providing traditional Jamaican dishes where all residents and visitors can stop by for breakfast and lunch. Traditional meals are provided with a menu consisting of favourites such as roast yam & salt fish, rundown, jerk chicken & jerk pork, mannish water, ackee and salt fish, chocolate tea, salt fish fritters, rice & peas, blue drawers, potato and cornmeal pudding, and a lot of other Jamaican traditional favourites.
Food stalls will be given names of places in Jamaica famous for food such as: Faiths Pen, Little Ochi, Devon House, Hellshire and more.
Lots of activities are planned including a lunch-hour concert featuring local performers from 12:15pm- 12:45pm. Each purchase of a meal will also include a free drink courtesy of Vitamalt. There will be arts and crafts displays as well as product sampling and displays.
The Health Services Authority will be on hand for health screening and checks. There will also be a Wheel of Fortune contest and giveaways.
The evening’s events start from 7pm until 2am at the Jacques Scott compound.
The night activities start off with gospel music and performances from Cayman’s finest gospel singers followed by the Prime Minister of Jamaica with his Independence message, presented by the Honourary Jamaican Consul.
Cayman Islands Premier Hon Alden McLaughlin will also bring his greetings.
On the schedule will also be a Best Dressed Chicken Jerk Competition and delicious Jamaican food on sale all night. Entertainment includes a video presentation of Jamaica’s scenes and people, along with dance performances by Dance Unlimited. For the first time Filipino performers will also perform. There will be performances by local cultural groups, on stage contests and sponsor giveaways courtesy of all of the sponsors of the event.
Singers such as Topaz, Mr Smooth, and Shamika Clarke will also be performing. Music will be by DJ Marcus Di Assassin.
Headliners for the evening are General Trees known as the best Jamaican speed rapper of his era. Folks of the 80’s would remember General Trees’ and his string of hits, including “Heel And Toe”, “Monkey And Ape”, “Ghost Rider”, and “Crucifixion”. One of his best-remembered songs is “Mini Bus”, which mourned the death of the “jolly bus”, and which was awarded the title “Song Of The Year” in 1986. Joining the stellar headline are Apache Kid and Mad Ants. The son of the late Apache Chief, one of Jamaica top comedians. Apache Kid takes up where his father left off and entertains audiences all over the world with his new partner Mad Ants, amulti-talented comedian who sings, does impersonations and delivers jokes with great timing and punch lines.
It promises to be a free Jamaica Independence celebration that is sure to have something for the entire family. Starting from 7am, you don’t want to miss this free event as Jamaica’s Independence is celebrated in the Cayman Islands.
Article courtesty of The Cayman Reporter.
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