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Carifest Charleston kicked off with a symposium on Jamaica, and partygoers turned out on day two of the three day cultural heritage festival for the Masquerade Fete. Guests stepped out in brightly hued ensembles with masks in all shapes, sizes, and colors for the intimate evening at the International Longshoreman’s Association Hall. 

The party benefited the Carifest Children’s Steel Band Project, and the event kicked off with the enthusiastic introduction of this year’s Carifest court. The applause peaked as the King and Queen of Carifest 2012, Keywi Terry and Regina Hollingshead, were introduced.

Traditional Indian dance served as the entertainment, and guests lined up for delicious Caribbean fare before hitting the dance floor.

Charleston Carifest is an annual festival celebrating the cultural heritage and history of the Caribbean.

South Carolina Caribbean Culture and Heritage Inc, founded in 2006, strives to unearth, study, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the Caribbean through promoting understanding and awareness of the Caribbean culture. The SCCCHI pursues its mission through festivals showcasing arts, culture and education while also embracing diversity. Carifest features a different Caribbean country each year.