Jacksonville Caribbean Festival

Jacksonville Caribbean Festival

The Carnival Organization of Jacksonville, Inc. (“COOJI”), is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, understanding, open dialogue, and appreciation of Caribbean people and our culture on the First Coast.

COOJI aims to:
Provide a forum to showcase and promote Caribbean owned businesses and professionals on the First Coast
Promote Caribbean art, dance, music, theater, and cuisine on the First Coast.
Establish a scholarship fund to provide academic scholarships to students of Caribbean descent on the First Coast.
Provide education and information on the various Caribbean nations including history, current day-to-day life, and opportunities for individuals and businesses on the First Coast to develop cross-cultural relationships within these nations.
Be recognized by the City of Jacksonville as a leader in the community bringing individuals together and promoting

multi-cultural awareness.


COOJI:
Hosts an annual Caribbean style carnival and parade each year. COOJI invites participation from various cultural groups, high schools, colleges, and civic organizations around the First Coast. The Carnival parade showcases costumes from around the Caribbean, native dance, and the sweet sound of calypso and steel drums heard throughout the Caribbean. The Carnival parade culminates in a Festival in the park featuring live bands, cultural performances, and vendors providing food, and showcasing artwork, music, and various other goods. Jacksonville’s carnival is becoming one of Florida’s most well known Caribbean carnivals, drawing participants from around the state, Georgia, and other Eastern Coast states.
Participates in World of Nations sponsored by the City of Jacksonville. COOJI’s members provide information on selected countries and showcases food and art from those Caribbean countries.
Provides forums for people of Caribbean origin and those interested in the culture to come together for dialogue and to get to know each other in an environment open to the exchange of ideas and opinions.
Host events showcasing Caribbean artists.

OUR MISSION