Midtown Detroit was alive with tropical vibes this weekend during the annual Caribbean Culture Festival. The festival was organized by the Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Organization (CCCO).

“This event is actually over 20 years old,” said President of the CCCO, Sophia Chue. “We used to have it at Hart Plaza, but for the last three years we have had it here in Midtown.”

The festival featured live music, Zumba and a variety of food.

“Jerk chicken, curried goat and oxtail,” said Miguel Kirby, a cook at Chill and Grill Caribbean Kitchen. “We have it right here so come and get it.”

The music and food were a large part of the event, but even more important was the idea of bringing everybody together in celebration.

“It’s a very brilliant idea,” Kirby said. “It brings the Caribbean community together so we can join together and have fun.”

“I love it,” said Courtney Shaw. “I love seeing the different vibes people bring here.”

Some participants even traveled long distance just for a taste of Caribbean culture.

“We saw the Caribbean Culture Festival online by chance,” said Sheree Wallace, who brought here husband all the way from Indianapolis.

The CCCO has plans to keep the event alive and the CW50 Street Team is looking forward to returning next year.


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