Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival
Saturday, November 10, 10am-4pm
325-335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
in the heart of Downtown Miami just South of Bayfront Park
The fifth annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade will this year, feature a Jamaican Folk Festival in celebration of the Nation’s golden jubilee anniversary of Independence. The event takes place on Saturday, November 10th, at the Riverwalk of the historic Miami River on Brickell Avenue in Downtown Miami, starting at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Organized by the Urban Tour Host, the event, this year will feature a Jamaica Folk Festival and will to feature a wide range of entertainment including traditional folk performances and cultural activities showcasing the best of what Jamaica has to offer. Urban Tour Host hosts the annual event which showcases and promotes the multicultural communities of South Florida. In previous years, the countries of Bahamas and Haiti were among those nations featured in the downtown Festival.
Food lovers will get an opportunity to taste varieties of authentic Jamaican cuisine from local restaurants and catering houses. The exotic tastes of the island continue to be in high demand whetting the appetites of the growing South Florida community. Additionally, art enthusiasts will enjoy displays of art and crafts by local artisans. There will be fun and activities designed for the children, and a Boat Parade on the adjacent Miami River will also be part of the celebrations honoring the Nation’s Independence.
This event has been endorsed by the Consulate General of Jamaica and the Jamaica Tourist Board as Jamaicans across the Diaspora continue their celebration of the Nation’s 50th anniversary of Independence. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local Jamaican youth organization.
The cities of Miami and Kingston have long shared a lasting relationship as twinned cities under the Miami Dade Sister Cities Program since 1981.
Admission to the Festival is free and will give visitors and the nearly 1,000 local residents in the Downtown and surrounding Brickell area an opportunity to explore and interact among the pageantry celebrating the island’s rich heritage and culture as well as excite the interest of new audiences.
Jamaica gained its Independence from Britain on August 6, 1962. The history of the Jamaican community in Florida spans over four decades. The community numbers approximately 500,000 nationals residing in Florida State with large populations in tri-county South Florida, Central Florida and the Tampa Bay areas.
South Florida is considered the fastest growing region of Jamaicans compared to any in the Diaspora. In addition, Jamaicans make up the largest foreign-born group in Broward County, one of the fastest growing counties in the USA.
Presenting Sponsors: Jamaican Tourist Board in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica and the Jamaican Consulate in Miami
This Years’ Special Event Features:
This year’s featured Country- “Jamaica”
This year’s featured non-profit: Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist’s Church Youth Group
Featured Cuisine: “Jamaican”
Boat parade with watercraft from local government agencies on the Miami River led by the U.S. Coast Guard
Parade of Pageantry with Greater Miami’s Best Vendors, children’s section w/ painting, arts and crafts, clown and balloons
Nice Give-a ways and Raffle Prizes all along the beautiful Miami Riverwalk.
Authentic Jamaica Folk Music and more
This year’s event themes: “Jamaica” and “History of the Mouth of the Miami River”
Ticket sales for food and beverge tasting
Proceeds to benefit Jamaican Youth group
Fun for the Entire Family
Children’s Activities-Clown, Facepainting, Balloons
Food Tasting-$3.00 small plate. Drinks and Desserts- $1.00
Proceeds to Benefit Sierra Norwoord Calvary Youth Group
Rum Cake, Food, Table Decoration Competitions
Authors, Hair-braiding, Arts and Crafts Demo
Strolling Musicians and Folklore Groups
Boat Parade and Much, Much More!
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