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Jamaicans in South Florida will celebrate the nation’s 48th anniversary of Independence with several activities planned across the tri-county area of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
Planned events will include a number of cultural presentations, church services, galas and concerts to commemorate the celebrations.
Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, is expected to address the Jamaica Independence Gospel Concert scheduled for Sunday, July 25 at the Kendall Community Church of God in Miami, Florida.
On the same day, the annual Independence Mass, organised by Food for the Poor and the Missionaries of the Poor, will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, also in Miami.
Patrons will celebrate at the annual Grand Independence Ball to be held on Saturday July 31, commencing at 7:00 p.m., at the Emerald Hills Country Club in Hollywood.
As is customary, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami, will host the annual Ecumenical Church Service to be held on Sunday, August 1, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, downtown Fort Lauderdale.
As she delivers the welcome remarks, Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, will also read the Independence message from Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding.
Recitals during the service will be performed by the South Florida Caribbean Chorale comprising choristers from several Jamaican congregations in the South Florida communities; Jamaica Folk Revue; Tallawah Mento Band; and the Sierra Norwood Calvary Children’s Choir.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Outreach Ministry of the Bronx Bethany Church, as well as the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network and the Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home.
Following the service, the annual cultural performance ‘Culturama 2010 Mello-go-Round’ will take place at the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, will be special guest at the event, which will be held under the patronage of Consul General Griffiths.
The audience will be treated to an array of traditional folk art forms including dance, song and drama performed by Jamaica Festival award winning students, who will be joined by several entertainers from South Florida.
On Monday August 2, hundreds of Jamaicans and friends in the Diaspora are expected to join the City of Lauderhill for the first annual Jamaica Flag Day to be held at the Lauderhill Sport Complex on Oakland Boulevard. In a flag raising ceremony, officials of the city will present a proclamation to the Consul General, which will acknowledge the contribution of Jamaican nationals. Lauderhill, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County is home to one of the largest population of Jamaicans in Florida State.
The week of activities continues with the Grand Independence Ball to be held on Independence Day, August 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Davie. Guest speaker will be former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga.
The Bank of America Tower at International Place in downtown Miami will illuminate with the colours of the Jamaican Flag beginning at dusk on Independence Day. The 47-floor will remain lit through to Monday, August 9.
Other activities to celebrate the country’s Independence will take place in communities across Florida State including Port St. Lucie, Palm Bay, Tampa and Orlando.

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