Empire State Building to take on Caribbean hues

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 through 10.

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.

Caribbean Week 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 organizers.

"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.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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