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Special Events

CaribMask Carnival

When: Sat., Aug. 23 2014

Downtown Raleigh will blaze with the sights, smells and sounds—incredible masks, sizzling plantains, melodious steel drums—of Afro-Caribbean culture during the 3rd annual CaribMask Carnival, hosted by the Raleigh-Durham Afro-Caribbean Association. The daylong festival celebrates and educates about the diverse, vibrant traditions of an African diaspora that has produced legendary figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Bob Marley and Colin Powell. A costumed masquerade will parade down Fayetteville Street into CaribMask Festival Village, which offers authentic cuisine, arts, crafts, dancing and live soca music, a soulful blend of calypso and Indian classical music spawned in Trinidad and Tobago. There are even steel drum lessons for your kids—if they've been bugging you about getting a trap set, that might divert their percussive urges toward something friendlier to the parental ear. —Brian Howe

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