TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Jamaican heartthrob, Sean Paul, is expected to draw a large crowd on Sunday, June 14th for the 17th Annual Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival. He is a Grammy Award-winning reggae and dancehall phenomenon with chart toppers such as "Gimme the Light", "Get Busy" and "Give It Up To Me". He's partnered with some of the industry's megastars including Beyonce, Daddy Yankee, Keyshia Cole and Busta Rhymes.
Tickets are selling fast for what is expected to be a high-impact show. Fans have already begun to get excited. "I can't wait to see Sean Paul. I absolutely love all of his music. I am gonna get there early so that I can get up close and personal," says Naycolle Wright of Sarasota. Sean Paul will hit the stage at 8 pm, immediately following Soca Queen, Alison Hinds who performs at 6 pm. Other Sunday performers include Leon Coldero and the 868 Band, Paulette Rollette and the Alesnik Dancers, Neauva Saka Band and Tamboo Bamboo Steel Drum Band. Fans are also welcome to attend the "mas" costume parade at 1pm.
The Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival is one of hundreds of internationally-known carnivals. Caribbean Carnival is the term used for a number of events that take place in many of the Caribbean islands annually. The Caribbean's carnivals all have several common themes based on folklore, culture and religion.
Carnival tradition is based on a number of disciplines including: "Playing Mas"/Masquerade; Calypso Music and crowning a Calypso King or Monarch; Panorama (Steel Band Competition); Jouvert morning; and a number of other traditions. In its 17th year, the TBCC has created a reputation for high-energy shows that embrace and represent the Caribbean culture. Thorough the years, the festival has attracted more than 60,000 attendees.
Tickets/more info are available at http://www.tampacarnival.com/ or by calling (813) 334.3710.