Jamaican Independence Day celebrated

Food and music among highlights of celebration

Jamaicans, as well as locals and visitors, converged on George Town on Friday to join in the celebrations for the 54th anniversary of Jamaican independence.

Although Aug. 6 marks the date of Jamaica’s independence, the party began a day early in Cayman, with a street party in Cardinall Avenue that included traditional dance, music, speech and crafts, as well as food stalls offering up the food for which Jamaica is rightly famous, including ackee and saltfish, rundown, and jerk chicken and pork.

The stalls carried names of places in Jamaica renowned for their food, such as Faith’s Pen, Little Ochie, Devon House and Hellshire.

The daytime celebrations were followed by music and dancing at the Jacques Scott compound in the evening.