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Mount Vernon Celebrates Jamaican Independence

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon is gearing up for its first-ever Jamaican Independence Celebration on Friday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from Great Britain.

The festival, presented by the Mount Vernon Jamaican Independence Committee, will take place in front of City Hall and will highlight Jamaican culture, including music and food.

Mount Vernon is home to one of the largest Jamaican populations in New York. Mount Vernon Councilman J. Yuhanna Edwards attributes the city's large influx of Jamaicans to the first Jamaican/African American mayor elected in New York, Ronald Blackwood, who served for 11 years starting in 1985.

"The celebration will be a great day to come out and get together as a community." said Mount Vernon City Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds.

Music will be provided by the The Rhythm Masters Band, along with many other local groups. A retrospective delivery will be given by music veteran Ed Robinson.

The festivities will continue Saturday, Aug. 4, at Hartley Park and Sunday, Aug. 5, at Oneness Rehoboth Church and City Hall Plaza.

These free events will be open to the public.

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