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Rochester West Indian Festival Organization, Inc. Brings Carifest 2023

The Rochester West Indian Festival Organization, Inc. (RWIFO), this weekend is hosting the return of the 38th annual celebration of Caribbean culture with Carifest 2023, the largest Caribbean festival in Western New York.

The annual festival will take place Saturday, August 12 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square. A celebratory parade will bring in the festivities at 11 a.m.

The event provides a day of live music, food, cultural events and much more at the MLK Memorial Park.

The RWIFO Board is extremely proud of the rich heritage this festival brings to the community.

“We are excited and proud to carry on Carifest’s legacy of showcasing the best of the West Indies,” said Cheryl Hayward, Executive Board Member, RWIFO. We are excited to return the festival to its community focused roots by providing a great lineup of local and national acts this year. We can’t wait to celebrate and educate others about our culture through food, music, and dance."

Headliners include:

  • International Women in Reggae

  • Alfred St. John's Trinidad & Tobago Steelband

  • Javvy 1 & Prestige

  • I90 Sound Clash


  • Advanced tickets $15.00

  • Purchased at Gate $20.00

  • Senior (65+) & Children (6 - 12 years old) – $10.00

  • Children 5 and under – Free

  • Note: Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Rochester, and many others that have been instrumental in supporting and championing the RWIFO for 40 years." Hayward” said.

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