NOLA Caribbean Festival Kicks Off June 20!

12:29 June 14, 2019
By: Sam Lucio

The New Orleans Caribbean Festival looks to put a fun-filled close on Caribbean Heritage Month. The festival will take place across four activity-packed days from June 20-23 with the main two days of the festival being held at Central City BBQ.

Guests will get to experience live music, performances, international DJs, local chefs, art vendors, kids activities, salsa dancing and more.

The fun begins on Thursday, June 20, with the Konpa Connection at the Howlin' Wolf from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. At the Konpa Connection attendees will hear a music collaboration between New Orleans jazz artists and international Haitian artists. Also on Thursday starting at 11 p.m. is the Blue Nile Flag Fete at the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street. Guests can hear music performances from DJ T-Roy of Bayou International Sound System, DJ DLife from Trinidad, Dyson Knight from the Bahamas and Wendi 242 from the Bahamas while guests bring their flag to rep their country.

The fun continues on Friday, June 21, at the Splash: Pool Party at the Drifter Hotel on Tulane Avenue from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy the day pool party while listen to music from artists including Freezy from St. Lucia, Imani Ray from Trinidad and Evolution Sound from St. Vincent.

On Saturday June 22, aside from the main festival, there will be two smaller events that guests can attend. In the morning from 11am-4pm is the Rum Punch Brunch at Revolution NOLA on Thalia St. Also on Saturday from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. is the NOLA Colour Me Krazy Carnival Parade where guests can throw paint and powder onto other guests while listening to live music.

The main event is held on Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23 at Central City BBQ from 5pm-10pm. During the festival's two main days, guests can experience Caribbean cuisine, music and culture. The food served these two days will celebrate Caribbean food from vendors like Johnny's Jamaican Grill and Queen Trini Lisa.

To close out the first day of the festival, the Klean: All White After Party will be held Saturday June 22 from 11pm-4am. Guests will need to wear all white clothes while relaxing and partying to Caribbean DJs.

The Sun and Soca Breakfast Party will follow the All White After Party Sunday June 23 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be served food and drinks from national celebrity chef Ashley Jonique.

The Caribbean Festival will wrap up on Monday June 24 with the Caribbean Weekend Wrap Up from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. at Deja Vieux Food Park. The Wrap Up party is free to festival goers and entertainment will include a night of relaxing Reggae music.

Tickets for the New Orleans Caribbean Festival start at $10 for a single-day pass and $15 for a two-day pass. Children's tickets are $5.

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