Caribbean Festival 2002 Part of the PECO Energy Multicultural Series, Celebrating Caribbean Culture at Penn's Landing

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, will be transformed into a party paradise on Sunday, August 18, 2002 from noon to 8 p.m. at the 16th Annual Caribbean Festival. Celebrate Caribbean culture with food, music, dancing and crafts. PECO Energy sponsors the Multicultural Series, and Independence Blue Cross is the presenting sponsor of the entire 2002 summer season at Penn's Landing.

The Caribbean Festival entertainment line up includes everything from gospel to reggae-rap, soca to steel band, ska and even poetry. The musical line-up will include the innovative sounds and infectious grooves of the calypso group, RASA and International Pop-Reggae star, Junior Jazz. Headlining the day, will be local Philadelphia favorites the Kabudi Project, featuring African Pop music and Reggae. Authentic dancers, stilt-walkers and storytellers will also entertain the crowd.

There will be an array of tempting island cuisine for visitors to enjoy. The Caribbean fare will include escovitched fish and festival cakes, codfish fritters and Jamaican hard-dough bread, curried goat, and Griot. Local beverages like Caribbean Kola Champagne, Sorrell, Caribbean Ade, carrot juice and Mauby drink will also be available.

This year's event will also feature the steel drum band, Pantastic in the Festival Pier Grand Pavilion, along with a Caribbean Culture booth featuring information sessions on such topics as hair braiding, religion, and fashion. A portion of Festival Pier will also be sectioned off for a DJ dance party featuring a variety of international music.

This Festival, presented by PECO Energy and the Caribbean Festival Committee, now in its 16th year, works to publicize the importance of the Island culture and the contribution of the Caribbean community to the Philadelphia region and to raise scholarship funds for college students of Caribbean descent.

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"All of us at PECO Energy are thrilled to return to the waterfront with another season of support for the multicultural festivals," said PECO President Ken Lawrence. "Penn's Landing is a Philadelphia summertime tradition and the PECO Energy Multicultural Series is a fun way for us to celebrate the wide range of diversity represented in our service territory."

Admission is free for all PECO Energy Multicultural Series events.

PECO Energy is proud to be Philadelphia's hometown energy company and one of the region's most prominent civic supporters. PECO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and celebrating diversity inside and outside the Company.

PECO, An Exelon Company, delivers electricity to 1.52 million customers and natural gas to 442,000 customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Based in Philadelphia, PECO and its sister utility, ComEd in the Chicago area, are subsidiaries of Exelon Energy Delivery. Its parent, Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), is one of the largest energy service companies in the U.S. with the largest retail utility customer base, one of the largest power generation fleets and a leading wholesale energy marketing operation in North America. In 2001, PECO delivered 35.1 million megawatt hours of electricity and 81.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, generating $3.9 billion in revenue for Exelon.

Festival Pier at Penn's Landing is located on Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street. For more information on this and any other event at Penn's Landing, please call 215.922.2FUN or visit


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