In honor of National Caribbean American Heritage Month in June, The LOOP Fort Lauderdale Beach will host a weekend of festivities June 2-4. Since 2006, June has been designated as Caribbean American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. The month-long observance promotes the rich culture and heritage of Caribbean American people and their contribution to the United States of America.
The LOOP’s inaugural Caribbean American Heritage Month Cultural Celebration Weekend will showcase food, art, music, and entertainment. The free event is open for the entire family to enjoy.
The tropical beats of the islands will keep the party going, with the sounds of Calypso, Reggae, and Soca to Salsa, Merengue, and Dancehall music filling the air all weekend-long.
Friday night’s kick-off concert, featuring Jamaican Hall of Fame Inductees, “The Bad Boys of Reggae,” Inner Circle, will be hosted by Lifetime Achievement Award winner of the International Reggae and World Music Awards, Tanto Irie. A limited number of VIP Tables for the event are available for $60-$120. Guests can also add an exclusive meet-and-greet after-party with Inner Circle on the pool deck of the Courtyard by Marriott, Fort Lauderdale Beach, for $25.
On Saturday and Sunday, guests will have the opportunity to peruse a variety of Caribbean food and drinks, and watch cooking demonstrations sponsored by Grace Foods featuring Taste The Islands Chef Irie. The LOOP will also feature a special marketplace showcasing makers and artists of Caribbean descent.
On Sunday, Julien Believe, the “Music Ambassador of The Bahamas,” will host the daylong entertainment lineup and sounds in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of The Bahamas’ independence. For a full list of entertainment, click here.
Courtyard by Marriott, Fort Lauderdale Beach will offer visitors a special room rate that must be purchased through The LOOP’s website.