The annual Summer in the Village event will return Sept. 14, this time with a Caribbean twist.

The annual Summer in the Village event will return Sept. 14, this time with a Caribbean twist.

Photo by Kayla Dimick


Lathrup's Summer in the Village to return with Caribbean Fest

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published September 3, 2019

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — The annual celebration of summer will return to Lathrup Village this year, but this time, with some island flavor.

Lathrup Village will host the Summer in the Village Caribbean Fest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 on the grounds of Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road.

In recent years, the annual celebration has taken on a theme. Last year, the theme of the event celebrated the city’s 65th anniversary.

“This festival in Lathrup Village will have the sights and sounds and flavors of the island,” Councilman Ian Ferguson said.

According to City Administrator Sheryl Mitchell, for this year’s theme, city leaders wanted to celebrate the town’s diversity.

“It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this diverse culture through music, food and fun,” Mitchell said in an email. “There are many festivals throughout the summer, but a Caribbean Fest is truly very unique for this area.”

A parade will kick off the festival at 11 a.m. showcasing festival costumes and dances from the Caribbean islands. Ferguson said the parade will start at California Drive and Southfield Road, and it will end at the park behind Lathrup Village City Hall.

Mitchell said everyone is invited to participate in the parade and festival, whether they hail from the islands or not.

The event will also feature live music throughout the day and various  food vendors.

Mitchell said Ralph Taylor II, of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, will host a headpiece workshop at 10 a.m. Sept. 7, the week before the event, at City Hall for residents who want to create a costume for the parade.

Taylor received the Kresge Foundation Award for Caribbean Artistic Designs this year, Mitchell said.

A VIP reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at City Hall, where Taylor will have his costumes on display and will discuss the history of Caribbean culture. Tickets for the reception cost $10 and can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

Mitchell said event officials also brought on Sophia Chue, who has served as the president of the Caribbean Cultural and Carnival Organization of Metro Detroit.

Chue, who originates from Jamaica, brought a few examples of Caribbean festival costumes to a recent City Council meeting.

“We are a very strong community in Michigan,” Chue said at the meeting. “We’ve been here since the 1800s, and I’m very pleased and honored that you have asked us to be a part of your city.”

For more information, go to lathrupvillage.org.

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