Columbia celebrated Caribbean Heritage Month on Main Street Saturday, though the party was interrupted by a rainstorm that may have been nature’s way of celebrating the tropical monsoon season.

South Carolina Carnival’s annual celebration of island life kicked off Friday night with a J'ouvert fete at Dance South on Two Notch Rd. J'ouvert is a large street party held annually as part of Carnival in many Caribbean islands.

The party continued Saturday with the annual Main St. Caribbean Festival, featuring lots of Caribbean food, music and dancing.

“It’s hot out here but we don’t even care,” said Jaleesa Wilson as she enjoyed the festival. “There are a lot more people of Caribbean heritage around here than most people realize, and we welcome anyone else who wants to join the family!”

Afternoon rain sent some festival-goers home early, but only for long enough to get ready for Saturday night’s “Soca is Life” event at Mynt Chophouse on Decker Blvd.

The festival wraps up Sunday with a “Punch’d” event at Robert Mills House and Gardens in downtown Columbia.

More information is available at southcarolinacarnival.com.

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