Actress Nia Long will be a Grand Marshall for the first Los Angeles Cultural Festival. The Institute of Caribbean Studies, DC and the Caribbean Heritage Organisation announced yesterday that the veteran actress and 2009 Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood and the Arts Honoree will serve as one of the Grand Marshalls for the 1st Annual Los Angeles Cultural Festival Parade of the Bands scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Hollywood, California. “My family hails from the islands of Grenada and Trinidad and has a rich history of the West Indian and Caribbean Culture, including Carnival. It is indeed an honor and pleasure for me to be a part of this groundbreaking event in Los Angeles, which will serve as a great contribution to the Los Angeles Caribbean-American Heritage Month celebrations. I am ready to play mas!” said Long, whose mother and grandmother are Trinidadians.
The Los Angeles Cultural Festival is the brainchild of Trinidadian native and Los Angeles resident, Keron Adams. “I am very proud of my Caribbean culture and have a great respect for others,” says Adams. “This first annual festival is a celebration of not just my culture, but the many others that make Los Angeles the great city that it is,” he said. The Festival will begin at 11am with a Parade of the Bands. The parade route starts at Hollywood and Vermont, will travel 2.10 miles west on Hollywood Blvd ending at Ivar Street at the Festival Village where the sounds of reggae, punta and soca will add to the rich aroma of jerk chicken, roti and more to make for an event not seen in Hollywood for many years. Dr. Claire Nelson, architect of National Caribbean American Heritage Month and Chair of the National Commemorative Committee thanked Long for once again supporting the Caribbean community and commended James on this bold endeavour.