Hello Caribbean Family, 

Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month, we opened the month at City of Orlando City Hall - June 1st with a lovely ribbon cutting ceremony and food from the various islands...thank you to our Association leaders who came out to support and showcase their Associations we all had a wonderful time.  Special Thanks to  - Orange County Property Appraiser, Rick Singh for formally cutting the ribbon, Consul General of Haiti - Laurent Prosper, Consul General of Trinidad & Tobago Dr. Anil Ramnanan  for making the time to attend.  Thank you also to Reggie McGill for reading the proclamation from Mayor Dyer's office declaring the month open and to the Antigua & Barbuda Ambassador to the United States Ambasssador Blaize for attending and sending us a personalized letter about his enjoyment of the event and thoughts  and willingness to pitch in to connect us across national and international boundaries to affect the unity that we so deserve as one Caribbean.  


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For centuries, the United States and nations in the Caribbean have grown alongside each other as partners in progress. Separated by sea but united by a yearning for independence, our countries won the right to chart their own destinies after generations of colonial rule. Time and again, we have led the way to a brighter future together -- from lifting the stains of slavery and segregation to widening the circle of opportunity for our sons and daughters.


National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate those enduring achievements. It is also a chance to recognize men and women who trace their roots to the Caribbean. Through every chapter of our Nation's history, Caribbean Americans have made our country stronger -- reshaping our politics and reigniting the arts, spurring our movements and answering the call to serve. Caribbean traditions have enriched our own, and woven new threads into our cultural fabric. Again and again, Caribbean immigrants and their descendants have reaffirmed America's promise as a land of opportunity -- a place where no matter who you are or where you come from, you can make it if you try.

Together, as a Nation of immigrants, we will keep writing that story. And alongside our partners throughout the Caribbean, we will keep working to achieve inclusive economic growth, access to clean and affordable energy, enhanced security, and lasting opportunity for all our people. As we honor Caribbean Americans this month, let us strengthen the ties that bind us as members of the Pan American community, and let us resolve to carry them forward in the years ahead.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.






Caribbean People  - This is your month...Let's talk about how you could support Caribbean American Heritage Month this year, click the link below to share information with others so that we make this year at Lake Eola bigger and better than last year.  Do your part to showcase the diversity, culture and people of the Caribbean in Central Florida. You can add an event to the calendar, volunteer, sponsor an event, place an ad for greetings, ask your company to sponsor an event, print the flyer and post it in your office so that you could announce the fact that June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and use the opportunity to educate others about the Caribbean.  It's your month  - please don't just leave it to the few to spread the to build our community. 

RSVP Here. 

Guenet Gittens-Roberts,
President Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Inc.
Publisher, Caribbean American Passport News Magazine

T: 407-421-8118

Click here to read the May issue of Caribbean American Passport News Magazine

Remember you can read any of our past issues at 

For a few photos over the past few months you can visit the following sites by clicking on the links:



Orlando Carnival  

Thank you to the photographers who take the time to record these events and share them with us.  Please support them if you can.  For more photos of the Orlando Carnival and the other events that have just passed in the community go to our facebook page by clicking the following link - Caribbean Passport Facebook.

If you would like to place an ad in our special Caribbean American Heritage Month issue  - please contact our office at 407-427-1800 or at  Our issue closes off on June 10th, 2013 and will be out in stores June 15th.  We have $80.00 Greetings specials so don't miss your opportunity to be in this keepsake issue.  As usual we print an extra 5000 copies during June due to the overwhelming demand for papers during this month.   So your ad goes further than 10k to 15k copies and we distribute it throughout Florida during this month.  From Miami to Tallahassee - your ad will be featured in front of a larger audience this month.  

To participate in some of the events for Caribbean American Heritage Month please contact Sam Roberts at  Last year we had close to 10,000 people attend the festival at Lake Eola  - Someone uploaded this video to youtube and it's a great representation of the festival that I've seen...but you've got to attend to experience it for yourself...remember share this email so that people mark the date.....CAHM FESTIVAL VIDEO.  Join us this year on June 23rd, 2013 - New Additions include a kiddies area and a kiddies Carnival to start off the event.  More information to follow but it will be a year to remember again and as Caribbean Americans we will make our mark on Central Florida again...bigger and better this year!


We have another action packed weekend to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month 
Some of the activities include:
 - Business Breakfast, Friday June 7th with Devon Harris one of the original members of the Jamaican Bobsled Team - making a special presentation of his " Keep on Pushing And Live Your Best Life" Empowerment message.  For more information...READ MORE

12th Annual GT Lime 
$70 to attend both nights
Website :
**Friday June 7th : GT Lime Friday Night Hoedown
Time: 5:30 pm - ? pm
Location : Russ Permaul's Ranch - 600 Permaul Point, Geneva FL 32732
** Saturday June 8th  - Dinner & Dance
Time: 6pm  - 2am
Location : 1217 Trinity Woods Lane Maitland FL (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Banquet Hall)

- Barbados Association of Tampa Bay 4th Annual Spring Gala
For more Information...READ MORE

- CAFA'S Annual Family Bus Ride to Fort De Soto Park and Beach 
Saturday June 8th
Adults $25.00
Children $20.00 (under 12 years)

Junie: 407-782-1826
Donna: 407-856-4612
Shelley: 407-406-7564

Sunday - Night - Soccer- Soccer - Soccer or as we say in the Caribbean Football!  Watch the Antiguan team play at the Citrus Bowl. 

If your preference is to stay indoors and enjoy a play - you're in luck - "Courthouse Drama" is in town and it's one of the most popular plays of 2013 starring  the one and only Andrea Wright (School teacher ...Straight out of  Jamaica) aka "Delcita."   Delcita will grace the stage on Saturday, June 8th in Tampa @ 8pm at the University Area Community Center, and on Sunday, June 9th @ 6pm at Freedom High School, located at 2500 Taft Vineland Road, Orlando, FL  32837.  For more information contact Sandra Fatmi - 770-789-7004



Start off your weekend with GT Lime by checking their events out at  Guyanese are flying in from all around the world for this event.  So you'll run into somebody from the past that you forgot you knew.  Prepare for a weekend of activities rain or shine.   End off the weekend by celebrating with the Guyana Association at their Guyana Day  - Remember that the new LOCATION for this event is in the Loch Haven Event Center at Loch Haven Park  close to the Orlando Garden Club and Orlando Shakespeare Theater.  It's a huge indoor facility as well as it has an outdoor covered patio and then another outdoor patio on the lake.  It's gorgeous and rain or shine we will enjoy the day. 

Guyana Day is a Celebration of the Guyana's Independence on May 26th,  The day commemorates the date in 1966 when Guyana attained freedom from the British Empire.  

Sam Raghunandan will be setting up his Indian Museum in the facility that Sunday as well.  We have two great reasons to celebrate since it has been 175 years since the first Indian Indentured Servants were brought to Guyana.  It was on May 5th in 1838 that the ships Hesperus and Whitby arrived in Guyana.  Seven years later on May 30th in 1845 the Fath Al Razak arrived in Trinidad & Tobago. 
Share this event with friends and family and come out to celebrate with us at this Free event  on Sunday:


This location is Just off of Princeton Street opposite the Ronald McDonald house, the address is  -610 North Lake Formosa Drive - In the The Loch Haven Event Center from 12pm - 8pm.    

Artistes Performing include
Jaghuars Reggae Rock Band-Tampa

DIYA International dance School
DJ Ichunes out of Miami
Lady Attitude-Jamaica
KC-Reggae artiste
DJ Natural Mystic
DJ Trendsetter
DJ Rocksteady
DJ Brian Rigby-Caribbean Flavor Showcase
Admission is absolutely Free! Celebrate Guyana's Independence with us. 




CAHM Festival
For more information on this event go to


Caribbean American Passport News Magazine invites you to be a part of our upcoming June issue.   Providing you with an increased Caribbean audience for your advertising dollar. 
 - call us at 407-427-1800 to be included.
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