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Virgin Islanders to energize New York City this weekend

Bevan Springer | 9/5/2012, 6:27 p.m.
NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2012)--It's Carnival time again in New York, and all roads are...
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Virgin Islanders to energize New York City this weekend

NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2012)--It's Carnival time again in New York, and all roads are leading to Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway for Caribbean bacchanal Monday. Virgin Islanders, however, plan to tear it up it in Harlem this weekend for another annual round of Caribbean Cultural Fest. The Harlem festivities are presented by Virgin Islanders United (VIU) and sponsored by the U.S. Virgin Islands' Department of Tourism and 1340 AM WSTA radio.

The action surges this Sunday, Sept. 2 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Avenue and West 148th Street. Caribbean Cultural Fest is a free outdoor music concert and shopper's bazaar featuring live bands and a vendor's plaza filled with Caribbean food and beverages.

"Come early, bring your chairs and get ready to enjoy some sensational music and entertainment," says Janet Parris, VIU president. "This year, we have pulled out all the stops to deliver a show loaded with superstars. This year is tapped to be our best festival yet."

Performers include Caribbean stars Calypso Rose, the Mighty Swallow, Winston Soso and the headliner, 2012 Virgin Islands Road March champs Spectrum Band.Caribbean Cultural Fest forms part of Virgin Islands Weekend in New York, which also includes the Virgin Islanders United Town Hall Meeting and Job Fair this Friday, Aug. 3 at the iconic Sylvia's Harlem Restaurant 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.The keynote address will be delivered by USVI congressional delegate Donna Christensen, who will speak on "The State of Jobs and the Economy Within the V.I."A job fair and networking mixer follows the formal presentation, enabling Virgin Islands expatriates and others currently residing in the United States to learn about employment opportunities within the territory.

"As a civic organization representing the people of the Virgin Islands, we have a mandate to continue to bring positive and beneficial forums to our community," said Kevin Hughes, past president of VIU. "With the economy on the U.S. mainland still facing some challenges, as well as our own within the territory, VIU is pleased to do our part to assist our community. It's about Virgin Islanders helping Virgin Islanders."

Meanwhile, a number of key events--from the steel band Panorama competition to Sunday night's Dimanche Gras show--are set for the Brooklyn Museum grounds this weekend ahead of Monday's West Indian American Day Carnival parade.For further information, visit www.wiadca.com.