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West Indians Celebrate Heritage this Week


Greater Hartford's West Indian community, one of the largest in the nation, will cap a week-long celebration this Saturday, August 8, with the 36th Annual West Indian Independence Parade through the streets of Hartford.

The parade is scheduled to step off from Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford at 11 am and then go up Trumbull Street to Main Street and continue on down to the West Indian Social Club at 3340 Main, where festivities will continue until 5 pm. The 1998 West Indian Celebration Dance will also be held on Saturday at 9 pm. at the Caribbean American Society, 400 Woodland Street.

The parade and other festivities mark the anniversary of the granting of independence to the Islands by Great Britain, a process that began in 1962 with Jamaica.

Other events this week include:
Wednesday, August 5
: Guyanese Night, 5 p.m., West Indian Social Club; Pool Tournament, 7 p.m., Sportsmen's Athletic Club, 2979 Main Street; Calypso Competition Preliminaries, 8 pm, West Indian Social Club.

Thursday, August 6: Caribbean Night at the Wadsworth Atheneum, 5-8 p.m., 600 Main Street; Trinidad and Tobago Night, 7 pm, Trinidad and Tobago Club, 1023 Albany Avenue; West Indian Caribbean Cuisine and Culture Night, 7:30 pm; Caribbean American Society; Domino Tournament, 6 p., Sportsmen's Athletic Club.

Friday, August 7: "All Island Night" at various West Indian Clubs beginning at 9 pm; Jamaica Night, 9 pm, Sportsmen's Athletic Club; Caribbean American Night, 9 pm., Caribbean American Society; Opening Reception for the Cricket Hall of Fame Exhibition, 5-8:30 pm, Sportsmen's Athletic Club.

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