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Caribbean fest has tasty food, music

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:02 PM

The Florida State Fairgrounds will come alive this weekend with the music and culture of the Caribbean during the One Tampa Caribbean Carnival.

Spectators of all ages can eat, dance and celebrate Caribbean culture during the seventh annual event.

"This is a family-friendly carnival with authentic Caribbean food, music and a taste of what the Caribbean culture has to offer," said Anthony Devon George, president of the One Tampa Caribbean Carnival. "Plus, because we are in Tampa, and there are many children here born of Caribbean parents, this is also a way to help keep the culture alive."

June is Caribbean American month in America, and the festival is held this month to pay tribute, George added.

The event will feature live performances by the Red Hot Flames, Iwer George, Terry GajRaj, Serani and Tallpree; along with colorful dance troupes, steel bands playing the traditional sounds of calypso, reggae and soca, and food vendors hawking various foods of the region. The celebration continues Sunday with a carnival "cool down" and street festival that includes a car show and entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to bring their custom wheels.

Tampa Caribbean Carnival will be held from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 per day for adults; children age 10 and under are free; for information and to purchase tickets, go to www.carnivaltampa.com/. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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