BOCA RATON — Calling all island massive! Celebrate the wonderful culture of the Caribbean during Caribbean-American Heritage Month in June with the live entertainment, great food, people and atmosphere, as the Caribbean Heritage Foundation and PBMOI present the sixth annual West Palm Beach Carnival, Saturday, June 15 at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Rd. in Boca Raton.
Gates open at 1 p.m. with a street parade and steel pan ensemble to start, followed by live performances beginning at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20, VIP $50, available at regional outlets for the family oriented music and arts festivals welcoming all islanders and guests. Call 561-201-0611 or visit palmbeachcarnival.com
“This year is anticipated to be the best one yet,” said Stevens Ewald, Palm Beach Carnival marketing director. “We have something for everyone and guarantee a good time.”
The 2013 Palm Beach Carnival has an exuberant collection of artistes performing for the live concert segment of the event. Hitting the live stage will be one of Jamaica’s top recording artists, “Assassin,” along with Trinidad & Tobago’s very own megastar Blaxx, and Haiti’s 2013 Kings of Carnival, Djakout #1.
Also performing will be the World Famous Leon Coldero with Code 868, Eddie Charles, formerly of the Legendary Band “Traffik” and many more artistes.
It is all hosted by Papa Keith of 99 JAMZ, with music by King Waggy T, House Arrest, Power 96’s Fergie & Springer and some of South Florida’s best.
There will also be a kid zone for children 12 and under who are admitted free, complete with bounce houses, face painting, snow cones and more.
To epitomize the West Indian tradition, local vendors will sell everything from traditional Caribbean dishes to arts and crafts with music provided throughout the event.
Organizers tout the move to the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton as one of the better changes to the Palm Beach Carnival this year, moving it closer to allow Broward and Miami Dade Carnival lovers to take part in the annual Palm Beach County function.
Amenities include a beautiful large stage with state of the art sound and lighting, The spacious lawn offers excellent sight lines and plenty of room for patron comfort, and easy access to all food, merchandise and beverage vendors, all wrapped around a beautiful waterfront view.
In addition to the waterfront setting, the amphitheater offers a great space for the traditional Street Parade aspect of any West Indian Carnival. The Palm Beach Carnival will feature a lavish Mas Band parade, full of masqueraders, steel bands, Junkanoo, and all the bells and whistles of Carnival.
Some of the proceeds will benefit The Soup Kitchen located at 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. in Boynton Beach.