Caribbean carrier Air Jamaica celebrated Fatherå‘s Day with thousands of Caribbean islanders and American mainlanders at the Fifth Islands in the Park festival in Brooklynå‘s Prospect Park this Sunday.
The free annual festival, which has grown into a major New York City calendar event, featured some of the Caribbean’s finest musicians and artisans along with delicious Caribbean cuisine.
“We are happy to bring this festival to Brooklyn for the fifth consecutive year,” said Claire Robinson, Air Jamaica’s Regional Manager for Special Markets. “With the strong support from vendors and festival goers, coupled with the sunny weather forecast for Sunday, we should have yet another fun-filled family festival.”
Veteran Jamaican balladeer Ken Boothe will join a diverse Caribbean line-up, including musical groups Fab Five from Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago’s Traffik. Also appearing on center stage will be Trinidad’s Iwer George, Adrian Clarke from Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda’s Wanskie, King Ajamu from Grenada, St Lucia’s Gillo and his island nation’s True Tones Band.
In addition to showcasing the region’s culture, Islands in the Park gave celebrators a chance to find out about special travel packages to the Caribbean at the numerous travel booths on display. Caribbean travel also comes into focus today in Brooklyn as the airline hosts a special travel trade exposition for travel agents and tour operators.
The organisers state that they are on a mission to unite the Caribbean-American community and raise awareness of political and economic empowerment issues which have surfaced at the numerous town hall meetings hosted by the regional airline across the United States.
Islands in the Park sponsors included Western Union, Victoria Mutual Building Society, Grace Foods, Ting, and The New York Daily News.