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Essex County Year in Review

Newark, New Jersey:  Essex County Caribbean Festival

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The first annual Essex County Caribbean Festival was held in Newark earlier this summer. The event was held at the Prudential Concert Grove at Branch Brook Park on Saturday, September 12th, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The festival feature vendors, a play area for children, Caribbean cuisine, and performances by notable Caribbean artists, including Wanto and Rupee.

The event, was free and open to the public, and was sponsored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Prudential Concert Grove is located in Newark's North Ward in the central park of the park, near Park Avenue. Commenting on the event, Mayor Lester E. Taylor III noted that; “East Orange has one of the largest concentrations of Caribbean populations in the United States”. “My administration is dedicated to providing our Caribbean community with a forum to share ideas and resources. This event presents wonderful opportunities for networking, building relationships, and growing our economy.”

According to the 2010 United States Census, African American and Caribbean households had an average income of $53,934. Caribbean nationals represent purchasing power close to $16.3 billion. Given the significant population of Caribbean residents in East Orange and a sizable concentration of Caribbean businesses, Caribbean commerce is vital to successful economic development in East Orange.

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