CARTERET, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman has announced the lineup for Carteret’s 45th Annual Ethnic Day, Music Festival, and Charity Carnival, being hosted at Carteret Park September 15-19th, 2021.
“This year’s events are bigger and better than ever,” said Mayor Reiman. “We are excited for a week filled with live music, rides, games, food, and a celebration of all that makes Carteret a center for cultural diversity, recreation, and family entertainment.”
The Charity Carnival kicks off at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 15th with the always popular Bracelet Night, on which families may purchase bracelets for unlimited rides all night. The evening will feature a Jazz theme, with live Jazz music from Richard Baratta’s the 3B’s Plus 2 on the main stage, food, games, vendors, and fun for the whole family.
Thursday, September 16th, is the second and final Bracelet Night, with a Country theme, featuring dancing and live Country music by Radio Nashville until 10 pm.
Friday, September 17th, is 80s and 90s Freestyle night, featuring live performances by popular Freestyle music artists Cynthia, whose hits include “Dramboy/Dreamgirl”, “Change on Me” and “Love Me Tonight”, Judy Torres, the radio host of 103.5 KTU’s “Freestyle Free for All”, and Soave, whose hits include “Crying Over You”, “Don’t Look Back”, and “If You Want Me.”
Saturday, September 18th, is Carteret’s 45th Annual Ethnic Day, featuring an amazing fireworks display, rides, games, food, vendors and a Free Live Performance by Two Time Grammy Award
Winner and International Superstar Shaggy, whose hits include “Angel”, “It Wasn’t Me”, “Boombastic”, and “In the Summertime.”
“We are very excited to welcome U.S Marine and International Recording Superstar Shaggy to Carteret for a free, family-friendly concert,” said Mayor Reiman. “Shaggy’s hits are timeless and recognized the world over from the radio, to television commercials, music videos, and movies. His sound is unmistakable and he is guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing after months of being cooped up from the pandemic.”
Past Ethnic Day performances in Carteret have included popular acts including Smash Mouth, Kelly Pickler, Sister Hazel, the Spin Doctors, and Taylor Hicks.
The Carteret Charity Carnival wraps on Sunday, September 19th with the first ever Carteret “Battle of the Bands” featuring dozens of local bands competing for prizes and bragging rights, and of course rides, games, food, and family fun.
All nights of the Charity Carnival and Ethnic Day are free to enter, with all money raised from ride tickets and games going directly to Mayor Reiman’s Charity Trust Fund, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) which provides Carteret’s children with a monetary resource for education, athletics, and health. The Charity also assists local victims of tragedies including the recent Bristol Station apartment fire and natural disasters.