Newark, New Jersey:
Essex County Caribbean Festival
The first annual Essex County Caribbean Festival was held in Newark
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
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.