Jamaican Cultural Exchange in Miami
Hundreds of festival-goers enjoyed, The Fifth Annual Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade- featuring, this year, a Jamaican Folk Festival that took place in Downtown/Brickell on November 10, 2012, from 10:00AM- 4:00 PM.
“This special multicultural event allows our local residents and visitors to explore and interact among the local arts and culture vendors, while also showcasing the unique surroundings at the mouth of the Miami River.” Says David Brown, festival organizer.
The opening ceremony featured Randy Corinthian on sax Soliel Rowe singing the national anthem. City was represented by LT. I. Carroll of the Fire Dept and Officer Fundora of the police Dept. The event was produced by Mr. David Brown of Lumana Global Corp. in collaboration with the presenting sponsor, the Jamaican Tourist Board, and numerous other sponsors including Sandals, Jerk Machine and Ocean Bank, in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica and the Jamaican Consulate in Miami. Dignitaries in attendance include Jamaican Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, and Miss Universe Jamaica- Miss Chantal Zaky who came from Jamaica to attend the event.
Funds were raised for this year’s featured non-profit: Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist’s Church Youth Group. The Boat parade with watercraft from local government agencies along with the Coast Guard Auxillary took place after the opening ceremony on the beautiful Miami River.
The Parade of Pageantry included Miss Universe Jamaica, Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant, Florida Miss Miami Tropic, Miss Miami-Dade- Broward Carnival Queen, Miss Runway Florida Competition Free Characateurs by Kyle Kolebrook of MLK Art Center. Over 75 Nice Give-a ways and Raffle Prizes from Macys, WLRN, Lost and Found Saloon, Electric Avenue and many more.
Authentic Jamaican Folk Music by Drumming Fingers, Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church Youth Group, Tallawah Mento Band, Soliel Rowe, Nugent “Bunny” Wince Hewett ( came from Jaamica), Jamaican Carnival Band, Sons of Mystro and Randy Corinthian. Staff of Jungle Island strolled the Riverwalk with a friendly, photogenic Macaw. In the Rum cake competition, four judges named winners including: Aymer Caswell for Vegan Rum Cake, Jackie Douglas for dark Rum Cake, Jean Lindo for Light Rum Cake.
About the Organizer
David C. Brown, M.A. Director of the Urban Tour Host and Sustain-a-Village is also the producer of the Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade.The festival features a different country each year- This year guests enjoyed an authentic “Jamaican Fok Festival” in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica. Previous years featured the countries of Haiti and the Bahamas.
David is also an author, of The Story of Little Haiti featuring its Pioneers published in 2006. He has provided ” Miami’s Cultural Community Tours” of Miami’s historic neighborhoods since 2000. By now he is considered somewhat of an “Urban Anthroplogist”. All of David’s work serves to promote multiculturalism. I like to share the “pure” culture of a country with others in my events and my neighborhood tours of Miami. I hope that cross- cultural experiences will foster greater global awareness and understanding, and therefore, will bring our society closer together” says David.
David is also a specialist in the Ecology of Florida, providing guests and locals eco-tours to gain awareness and appreciation for Florida’s unique natural resources.
David helped in the coordination of Haitian voodoo ceremony for The Bizarre World of Andrew Zimmern, featured in American Way inflight magazine.
Truly a renaissance man, David’s unique background and experience features a hoistic approach highlighting the culture, history and ecology in all of his work. ” I have been a resource to so many people, students and adults alike” says David. ” I enjoy presenting information to people that helps enhance their experience in a destination.”
To learn more about Miami private cultural tours by David Brown, visit: The Urban Tour Host