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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Caribbean fest brings island feel to fairgrouds

With steel drums playing in the background and the smell of jerk chicken floating through the air, the Florida State Fairgrounds took on an island feel on Sunday for the ninth annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Festival.

The festival brings a Carnival-like atmosphere to Tampa, with musical artists, masqueraders and dancing.

Countries throughout the Caribbean were represented, including Trinidad, Jamaica, Bahamas, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Haiti.

The gates opened at noon with some of the musicians playing into the evening.