Caribbean-American Heritage Month wrapped up with a festival at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, with a Grand Bazaar featuring Caribbean businesses, art and heritage, a “Taste of the Caribbean,” and a concert on Borough Hall Plaza showcasing English, French and Spanish talent from the Caribbean region.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, reminding the crowd that Brooklyn is the “Caribbean capital of America,” said, “No one exemplifies diversity more than the Caribbean-American community.”
Stressing his theme of One Brooklyn, he added, “If, in the next four years, you only hang out with people who act like you and talk like you, then I have failed as borough president.”
An appreciative crowd from Antigua, Guadeloupe, and Trinidad and Tobago enjoyed the performances by singer Sherma Andrews, the Srijan Dance Center, Jean Michael, Kamarley (aka “Da Big Show”), Magaly, Something Positive Dance Company, Hazra Ali and Claudette “CP” Peters.
According to the 2010 census, more than a quarter of a million people of Caribbean descent live in Brooklyn.