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July 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


CARICOM flag raising flyer. wordage depicting event. The flag features a blue background, but the upper part is a light blue representing sky and the lower, a darker blue representing the Caribbean Sea. The yellow circle in the centre represents the sun on which is printed in black the logo of the Caribbean Community, two interlocking Cs.


The City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, the Office of Cultural Affairs were proud to recognize the 26th Anniversary of Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association, its community members and the 2021 Jersey City Carnival Grand Marshals during the Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

The City of Jersey City congratulates the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), including the Consulate Generals of the West Indies and Caribbean; Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.   The emigration from the Caribbean to the American colonies began as early as 1619, and much like the United States, the countries of the Caribbean faced the obstacles of slavery and colonialism in their struggle for independence.  From 1804 through 1983, through determination and will, the Caribbean countries finally gained their independence.  

During this year’s Carnival Flag Raising and virtual Carnival eventsCARICOM recognizes the following individuals as the 2021 Jersey City Carnival Grand Marshals from Antigua- Claude Lewis; Anguilla -Taylor Richardson; Bermuda- Betty Thompson Azzario; Cuba- Lazara Richardson; Dominican Republic – Robert Paulino, Commissioner Yraida Aponte-Lipski; Garden State of New Jersey – Robert Mitchell; Grenada- Delroy McMillian; Guyana – Dr. Joan Dublin, Rick Ramdehal; Hudson County – Rev. Dr. Judge Cynthia Jackson, Assemblyman Nicholas A. Chiaravalloti, BCB President Tom Coughlin, Soror Ashlee Sullivan, Cheryl Mack, Christopher Mack, Rosario Magno; Isle of Jersey City – MaryAnne Kelleher, Lewis Spears, Tonya Keyes, Cheryl Anne Lee, Geoffrey Allen, Frank Gilmore, Erica L. Carrington, Florence Baron, Tina Nalls, Arayna Kemp, Director Tawana Moody, Councilman Yousef J. Saleh, Stephanie R. Glover-Wilson, Dr. Nelson Aluya, Detective Kofi John “Jaybee” Boamah; Jamaica – Darryl Spence, Sonia Scott; Puerto Rico – Susan Justiniano (Rescue Poetix), Detective Lorraine Mapp, Steven Campos, Officer Shaun Spence; Trinidad & Tobago- Iya Danella Abbey, Nikki Amos, Leah Clark Brisard, and Designer Richie Richardson.

The West Indies and the Caribbean culture is made up of a thriving community, whose members continue  to rise to levels of prominence throughout the United States, especially here in Jersey City. In recognition of the cherished cultural and ethnic diversity of our community, the City of Jersey City will proudly fly the flags of American and CARICOM high above City Hall. It is also a reaffirmation of the long friendship built on common values and an abiding love for freedom.

A group of people holding the flag before it is raised. The CARICOM colours are light blue representing the sky, and dark blue representing the sea of the Caribbean, yellow representing the sun, and green representing the vegetation of the region.


Attendees from Left to Right :
Cheryl Murphy, Founder and President CARICOM
GM ’21 Det Kofi John “JayBee” Boamah
GM ’21 Soror Ashlee Sullivan
CARICOM Volunteer Javier Vega
Director Rosalyn Waters-Maxwell
GM ’21 Designer Richie Richardson
GM ’21 Nurse Leah Clark Brisard
GM ’21 MaryAnne Kelleher,
GM ’21 Tonya Keyes
GM ’21 Chef Claude Lewis
GM ’21 Geoffrey Allen
GM ’16 Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Ward A of Jersey City

To view the flag raising on YouTube, please CLICK HERE


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July 1, 2021
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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280 Grove Street
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