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Trinidad and Tobago to Host the 29th Annual Ethnic Expo

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will be celebrated this year as the host country of the 29th annual Ethnic Expo presented by First Financial Bank in downtown Columbus. The two-day festival, which fosters understanding and an appreciation of Columbus' diverse population, will take place on Oct. 11-12 outside Columbus City Hall.

According to a press release, Trinidad and Tobago is located on two islands in the Caribbean Sea just off the northeast cost of Venezuela. More than 200 Columbus residents are natives of the islands. This year marks the first time that an individual Caribbean country has served as the host country of Ethnic Expo.

The Trinbago Association of Columbus, IN - a Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization member association - will represent Trinidad and Tobago at this year's Ethnic Expo. As host country, the food and culture of Trinidad and Tobago will be featured in the main booth of the festival village and will be celebrated in the Ethnic Expo parade.

"The local Trinbagonian community is extremely excited about hosting the 2013 Ethnic Expo. For those who have never had the pleasure of visiting our beautiful two-island Caribbean nation, be prepared for a real treat this October," said Rawle Douglas, a member of the The Trinbago Association of Columbus. "We will immerse the community in foods, dance, music and entertainment that showcase our diverse culture and ethnicities. Come out for a party done 'island-style!'"

The country's population of about 1.3 million people is richly diverse and includes a variety of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. A majority of the population is of African or Indian descent, but the population also includes Chinese descendants, native peoples and Caucasians.

Trinidad and Tobago is well known for its annual Carnival, a large celebration held before Lent every year that features colorful costumes, parties and parades. The islands are also famous for steel-drum music, which plays an important part in Carnival celebrations.

The Trinbago Association of Columbus, IN is a non-profit community-based organization established in 2008, and continues to be a progressive organization that serves the needs of all Trinbagonians residing in Columbus. The association's mission is to promote amicable relations between the residents of Bartholomew County and the nationals of Trinidad and Tobago, in hopes of fostering tolerance, economic growth and social progress.

Ethnic Expo annually celebrates the traditions and customs of more than 30 countries with native residents who live in Columbus. The festival was founded in 1984 by a committee spearheaded by then-Mayor Bob Stewart's wife, Barbara, to feature the city's diverse ethnic heritage and to make the celebration a tool for understanding different cultures and customs. About 35,000 people attend Ethnic Expo every year.

Ethnic Expo is organized by the city of Columbus and is made possible by generous donations from the presenting sponsor First Financial for the fourth year in a row, and other sponsors including Coca-Cola, ERMCO Electric and Milestone.

"Ethnic Expo provides a great opportunity to bring our many different ethnic groups together and give them a platform to share their culture and what is important to them with the community," Mayor Kristen Brown said. "A diverse, welcoming community is an integral part of who we are and our vision to be the very best community of its size in the country."

 

Last Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 7:44:39 AM

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