Carnival Parade comes to Hartford August 11th, 2012

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West Indian Independence Celebration continues with the theme of celebration, Oneness 2012, with a parade on August 11th ending with a live Concert.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the West Indian Independence and Emancipation celebrations in the greater Hartford area. 50 years of celebrating oneness with activities organized to observe the freeing of the slaves and the independence from British rule in 1962 of many of the Caribbean nations such as Jamaica and Trinidad.

West Indian Independence Celebrations continue this tradition with the theme of celebrating Oneness during 2012 with a Parade on August 11th begining at 11 a.m. The Parade will take the route from Capen Street to Bushnell Park and end with a free concert in the park featuring international and local entertainers such as Kevin Little, Khargo, Jampsey P, Cubantohiba and Sledge with more to be added. Marching bands, dance troupes and live bands from various parts of the world will also be featured.

The West Indian Independence Celebrations historically draws thousands of people to the festivities during the activity filled week which culminates with the West Indian Day Parade where even more people turn out to join celebration. The significance of this year is already seen in the variety of companies and various causes wanting to participate or be associated with this important event as they will be seen by thousands of people.

Officials are urging participants to complete and submit applications and to be on time for the actual start of the event.

Donations are still needed to cover costs related to the event. There are two fund raising events planned. The first, a Reggae and Soca party will be held on May 18th at the West Indian Social Club beginning at 9.00 p.m. and the second is an Awards Gala scheduled for the July 21st at the Hartford Hilton Hotel with music, food and a variety of entertainment provided.

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