Caribbean Festival 2007 Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, Celebrating Caribbean Culture At Penn's Landing

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES


PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The authentic island sounds of reggae, roots international beat, hip-hop, gospel and creative dancing, complemented by a market place of Caribbean fashions and exotic cuisine are all highlights of the 21st Annual Caribbean Festival. A culturally-rich celebration of 14 Caribbean islands will provide a day of wholesome family fun on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing located at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. This FREE festival of Caribbean culture, music, and food takes place on August 19, 2007 from Noon -- 8:00 p.m. The celebration is one of eleven festivals in the PECO Multicultural Series and part of the 2007 summer season at Penn's Landing, presented by Independence Blue Cross.

This year's musical entertainment will feature: Calvary Baptist Church's Youth Mass Choir; Trinidadian Rosalind Graves; and upcoming and the ever popular Four 13 Gospel Group; U.S. Virgin Island's Daga's rendition of International beat of reggae, hip-hop and soca; Durex, presenting a Jamaican-style hip-hop beat; and a host of other performers in the Delaware Valley and beyond. The current 2007 Philadelphia Miss Caribbean who hails from Haiti, will act as a mistress of ceremonies during the day's events.

The 2007 Caribbean Festival is proud to announce the Jamaican artist, Nadine Sutherland, as the headline performer for this year's festival. Nadine Sutherland's career history fits none of the stereotypes commonly attributed to Jamaican popular music stars. She made her stage debut at the age of nine as a winner of Jamaica's popular Tastees Talent Contest. International reggae superstar Bob Marley, signed her to his Tuff Gong label while she was still an adolescent. Nadine went from being known as reggae's "Teen Queen" with hits like "Starvation" and "Until" to garnering international acclaim as the co-lead on dancehall anthems "Action" and "Anything for You". Sutherland is considered by fans and critics alike to be the premier Jamaican female vocalist of her generation.

This Festival, presented by PECO and the Caribbean Festival Committee, now in its 21st year, works to publicize the importance of the Islands and the cultural contribution of the Caribbean community to the Philadelphia region. Most importantly, the event raises scholarship funds for college students of Caribbean descent. For more information about this year's event, please visit www.phillycaribbeanfestival.com

Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events. PECO presents a series of free Multicultural festivals throughout the summer season at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

PECO 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.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 480,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2006, the company delivered 38.2 million megawatt-hours (Mwh) of electricity and 76.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to residential, business and institutional customers. PECO's energy delivery services generated $5.17 billion in revenue for Exelon.

Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

Penn's Landing Corporation is the non-profit organization responsible for funding and producing public programming on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's Delaware Waterfront Park. Independence Blue Cross is the presenting sponsor of the 2007 Summer Season at Penn's Landing. All events produced by Penn's Landing Corporation are FREE to the public and on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia's premier riverfront entertainment destination.

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without presenting sponsor Independence Blue Cross and the continued support of PECO, Bank of America, The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Pennsylvania Lottery, Live Nation, and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

For more information on event locations and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit www.pennslandingcorp.com. The Penn's Landing Corporation website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play and stay all day at Penn's Landing.

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