CAHFT Participates in Houston Caribfest's 10th Anniversary Celebrations
Houston, TX - Houston Caribfest, the number one source for Houston-Caribbean carnival celebrations in the Greater Houston Area, celebrated its 10th anniversary in fine style on from July 3 – July 8, 2012. Houston Caribfest commemorated its 10th Anniversary with the Parade of The Bands at Tom Bass Regional Park. The organization seeks to celebrate cultural diversity through a festive environment while celebrating life through song, dance and artistic expression. Houston Caribfest, established in October 2002 is “your one-stop shop for Caribbean entertainment” in the Greater Houston Area while simultaneously providing a window to other Caribbean activities all across the globe. “Houston Caribfest has a unique place in the hearts of the Caribbean Community in the Greater Houston Area for through its annual carnival celebration, it reminds us that we are not far from home,” says Peter Lyn René, Chairman & CEO, Caribbean American Heritage Foundations of Texas.
Houston Caribfest this year was like no other, and the Board of Directors of The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT) and CAHFT TV was there to witness, photograph and video the historic, joyous occasion. CAHFT, a Texas non-profit organization was established to partner, collaborate and assist the growing Texas Caribbean Community participated with several other Texas Caribbean organizations in the celebration.
The festivities commenced on Tuesday July 3rd with the 6th International Flag Party at Royal Hall and the Welcome to Houston Carnival at the Vybz NY club. On the night of the July 4th Holiday, party goers were decked and adorn in their camouflage gear for the reputable Camouflage Party at the Sienna Hall. Following that event on July 5th was the Official Ultra Glo “All White Affair” at the Phoenix Event Center by which everyone is expected to be dressed in all white. In the early hours of Friday morning some patrons of the Official Ultra Glo party including CAHFT members went to Ancil and Anmarie’s Breakfast Party.
Friday was J’ouvert. J’ouvert is a large street party originating in the eastern Caribbean region during carnival season. It is the largest parking lot party held in Houston; this event was sold out and had a crowd of over 10,000 present. On Saturday 7th, CAHFT supported Lymerz International at their Annual day fete, Climaxx held at the Mansion. Following Climaxx was Soca Xtreme which was the highlight of Caribfest 10th year anniversary celebrations.
Soca Xtreme was held at Milan Pavilion with 10 Soca artistes from numerous Caribbean islands performing their hits. Sunday the 8th CAHFT board members visited a 2nd Breakfast party hosted by Fete Masters with the 2011 Young King of Trinidad and Tobago ,Benjai performing. The Houston Caribfest 10th Anniversary was concluded with a carnival celebration featuring The Parade of the Bands at Tom Bass Regional Park later that day. The parade of the bands showcased several band leaders talents and skills displayed by handmade costumes.
The Houston Caribfest committee hopes through community-based programs (scholarships etc.) and cooperative efforts with other organizations that unifying of cultures will positively impact communities for many years to come.
For photos of the Houston Caribfest 10th Anniversary events, visit our website at www.caribbeanheritagetx.org.
For more information about Houston Caribfest, please visit www.houstoncaribfest.com.