August 1, 2015 (Rain Date August 2)
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford

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1 to 11 p.m.

Authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, spectacular costumes and dance, and island rhythms bring a festive Caribbean atmosphere to the Riverfront. 

Schedule of Events 


Plaza Stage

1 to 1:30 p.m.             Music on the Plaza (Big O, Johnny B)
1:45 to 2:15 p.m.      Sweet Noyz (drumming band)
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.      Hartford Steel Symphony
3:30 to 3:40 p.m.      Curet Boy Scout Troop 1443 Parading Flags
3:45 to 4:15 p.m.      Carnival Parade by CICC, sponsored by City of Hartford,
                                            Moko Jumbie
4:20 to 4:40 p.m.      Caribbean American Dance Group
5 to 5:40 p.m.             D'Tay (Haitian Band)
5:45 to 6:15 p.m.      Saint Lucian Folklore Association Dancers
6:30 to 7:25 p.m.      Orchestra Espada (Spanish Band)
7:30 to 8 p.m.             Hartford Steel Symphony
8:15 to 10:30 p.m.   Open Mic/Dance Party with DJ Ace

Main Stage

2 to 4 p.m.                     Bro. Gary (Gospel), 2nd Chance, Minister Tyson,
                                            Sis. Marisha, Rehoboth COG, Earth Angles winners,
                                            Family Worship Center  
4:20 to 4:40 p.m.      Don C (Tribute to Hopeton Lewis)
4:50 to 5:10 p.m.      Laree Salmon (Tribute to Phyllis Dillon)
5:15 to 5:35 p.m.      Amandla Band
5:40 to 6 p.m.             Jr. Holt (Tribute to John Holt)
6:10 to 7 p.m.             New Release Band (Tribute to Arrow  & Lord Kitchener)
7:15 to 8 p.m.             Sophia Brown
8:15 to 9 p.m.             Elan Trotman (Jazz Saxophonist)
9 to 9:15 p.m.             RAFFLE
9:15 to 9:45 p.m.      Platinum Band (Tribute to Dennis Brown)
9:45 to 10:45 p.m.   Luciano (The Messenger)

Kid's Corner - Lower Park Area

1 to 7 p.m.                    Face painting, crafts, Price Chopper macaroni jewelry
                                           making (hands on activity) and Price Chopper Bounce 
                                           House, American/Caribbean Games

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Vendor & Exhibitor Information (CLOSED)

Only accepting vending applications for Caribbean themed food and merchandise until 7/17/2015.

Learn More

Visit the Taste of the Caribbean Facebook page, website or Flickr page.
Directions & Parking

This event is held at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Please visit the park's page for directions.

Parking Recommendations:

Science Center/Riverfront Garage, 250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103

CT Convention Center Garage, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103

Morgan Street Garage, 155 Morgan Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Constitution Plaza Garage, 109 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103; patrons should use the south garage entrance on State Street

Volunteer Opportunities

Learn more about volunteer opportunities for this event.

*You MAY NOT bring alcohol into the parks and/or events.

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*This event is subject to change, relocation or cancellation without notice.