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Posted 6/18/2013 11:20:00 AM
Once the smoke from the Spoleto Festival USA
grand finale fireworks has cleared, a celebration of a different kind cranks up in the Holy City
is a Caribbean carnival experience with a little education on the Caribbean’s influence on Charleston’s culture.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on June 20 with a symposium featuring Neil Parson, who is the ambassador to the U.S. for Trinidad and Tobago, and Anil Ramnanan, the consulate general of the island nation. They will be at the Avery Research Center, 125 Bull St.
The following night, a masquerade ball and dinner raises money for the Carifest Children’s Steel Band Project. The Masquerade Fete starts at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Marriott Hotel on Lockwood Drive.
It wouldn’t be a carnival without a parade, which you can see on June 22, starting at 3 p.m. at the Visitors Center on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston and running to Brittlebank Park along the Ashley River. Brittlebank Park will host the main celebration, which will include steel bands, Caribbean music, food, dancers and other entertainment, from 2 to 8:30 p.m. An after-party will be held at 787 Bar and Grille, 5131 Dorchester Road.