Charleston Carifest 2014
Charleston Carifest introduces the Carifest Children's Carnival this year. We invite all children ages 5 - 17 years old to sign up and join us on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Children may either join Caribbean Rootz Mas Band or sign up with another group. Sign for the Masquerade Camp and the Carnival at Arthur Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne Street (across from Burke High School) or on www.charlestoncarifest.com.
We have been asked to participate in the North Charleston Arts Festival on May 3 and in Piccolo on May 24. The children will have an opportunity to participate in three events.
Charleston Carifest After the Children's Carnival
More detailed information on Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival is located at www.charlestoncarifest.com Charleston Carifest is a family friendly event that celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month.
Tickets for all Carifest events are located at TBA.
Charleston Carifest Caribbean Carnival 2014
PUERTO RICO is the featured country for Carifest 2014. Come to Charleston SC and celebrate during Caribbean American Heritage Month. SIX activities over FOUR days, June 12 - 15, 2014.
Thursday, June 12 - Carifest Symposium
Friday, June 13- Masquerade Fete
Saturday, June 14 - Carnival Street Parade
Saturday, June 14 - Cultural celebration in Brittle Bank Park.
Saturday Night - June 14 - White Glow After Party Sunday - June 15 - Carriage Rides through Charleston
History of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") comprises an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area of the Greater Antilles. It ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which include Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Jamaica. Due to its location, Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate and is subject to the Atlantic hurricane season. Official languages of the island are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language.
Originally populated for centuries by indigenous aboriginal peoples known as Taínos, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493. Under Spanish rule, the island was colonized and the indigenous population was forced into slavery and wiped out due to, among other things, European infectious diseases. Spain possessed Puerto Rico for over 400 years, despite attempts at capture of the island by the French, Dutch, and British. In 1898, Spain ceded the archipelago, as well as the Philippines, to the United States as a result of its defeat in the Spanish–American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship and since 1948 have elected their own governor. In 1952 the Constitution of Puerto Rico was adopted and ratified by the electorate.
The Carnaval de Ponce (English: Ponce Carnival), officially Carnaval Ponceño, is an annual celebration held in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The celebration lasts one week and it ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. Thus, it is generally held in February and sometimes in March. It is one of the oldest carnivals of the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1858. Some authorities, such as the Smithsonian Institution, believe the Ponce Carnaval can be traced to as far back as 250 years ago. The Carnaval coincides with the Mardi Gras of New Orleans, the Carnival of Venice, and Rio de Janeiro's Carnival. The Carnaval de Ponce began in 1858 and was started as a mask dance by a Spaniard by the name of José de la Guardia. The mascarade dance continued as a tradition through the years, but it was not until 1950s that the municipal government added the parade to the Carnaval.
One of the traditions of the Carnaval is the appearance of the "vejigantes", which is a colorful costume traditionally representing the devil or, simply, evil. Vejigantes carry blown cow bladders with which they make sounds and hit people throughout the processions. The vejigante masks are made of paper mache and usually have many horns.
The Carnaval ends with the Burial of the Sardine, at which point everyone sings a song in Spanish.
Play Mas in beautiful Charleston!
Special invitation to Band Leaders, we need your support.
visit to low country live
charleston carifest symposium 2011
Lorna Beck, Monika Ponton Arrington (Taino Representative) Presenter, Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Nation, Kimberly Eison Simmons, Presenter.
Celebrate Charleston Carifest, Caribbean Carnival
June 12 - 15, 2014 Join us on Face Book - Charleston Carifest
South Carolina Caribbean Culture and Heritage Inc. welcomes you to Charleston Carifest 2014. Charleston Carifest is the ultimate Caribbean celebration designed to celebrate and educate on the culture of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a plethora of cultures that has congealed into one diverse, unique Caribbean Culture. The influence of Portugal, Spain, France, Great Britain, China, India, is evident but is dominated by the African influences. This is proudly displayed in dance, music, art, language patterns and expressions of the people.
Celebrate the Culture of the Caribbean Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Stern Center Ballroom, College of Charleston during our Caribbean Symposium, Friday June 13, at the Masquerade Fete at the International Longshoreman's Hall, and on Saturday, June 14 in the Carnival Street Parade and Cultural Festival in the park, the White After Party and Sunday, June 15, Carriage rides through Charleston.
Charleston Carifest is a time of fun, and excitement with Caribbean music, food, craft, games and dance.!
The featured country for Charleston Carifest 2014 is Puerto Rico. Be on the look out for our Dance workshops to prepare you to have enough stamina for the parade and to dance carnival-style in the park.
South Carolina Caribbean Culture & Heritage Presents
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