The weekend parties include Friday's official opening of Jamaica House, a sold-out venue in the riverside O2 Arena featuring Jamaican music and food, and informal parties in Hyde Park.
For Daddy Ernie, who's emceeing the Sunday party at Jamaica House alongside performances by Damian Marley, son of late reggae great Bob Marley, nothing will top the showdown between Bolt and Blake — or the generosity of Jamaicans this weekend.
"It's going to be an open-door policy — where every home has the rum and Red Stripe going, every telly (TV) will be tuned to the athletics, and the rice and peas and jerk chicken, the saltfish will just keep coming," he said. "It'll be better than Christmas."
Once the 100-meter frenzy is past, there'll be little time to rest. Jamaicans also could medal in the 200 and 400 meter events next week.
And after the Olympics, on Aug. 16, Jamaicans plan to fill Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal soccer club, for an independence dinner hosted by the Jamaican prime minister. The dinner honors two of the nation's greatest sprinters: Merlene Ottey, who won an incredible nine track medals at five Olympic games from 1980 to 2000; and Don Quarrie, who won four Olympic medals from 1976 to 1984 and today serves as the technical manager for the Jamaican track and field team.
After that, it's back to the usual Jamaican-led celebrations, including the Notting Hill Festival on Aug. 26-27 that's the second-biggest street party in the world next to Rio's Carnival.
Associated Press writer Paisley Dodds in London contributed to this report.
Jamaica Week in London, http://bit.ly/MnoQXj
Jamaica House, http://www.jamaicahouse2012.com/
Notting Hill Carnival, http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/
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