To kick off Caribbean Week 2007 in New
York City, the Empire State Building will brighten up the city
skyline by filling it with the colors of the Caribbean from June 8
For the second
consecutive year, the Empire State Building will illuminate the sky
with yellow on top, to symbolize the sunshine; green in the middle,
to represent the islands' lushness and swaying palm trees; and blue
on the bottom, to symbolize the Caribbean Sea.
2007, arranged by the Caribbean Tourism and Development Company,
will celebrate the spirit and hospitality of the Caribbean through
cultural presentations, sports tournaments (cricket and
volleyball), chef demonstrations, vacation special offers and
events throughout New York City from June 9 through 17.
"The lighting of
the Empire State Building is a great tribute to Caribbean people
everywhere, as New York is home to millions of persons of Caribbean
descent," said Hugh Riley, one of Caribbean Week's main
"The goal of the
weeklong festivities is to provide New York's five boroughs with a
taste of Caribbean culture and spirit. With the region's displayed
high above New York City, our presence will make a bold statement,
as well as emphasize the importance of June as Caribbean-American
Heritage Month in the US."
For details on
Caribbean Week 2007, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com.
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