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Brooklyn’s West Indian Carnival turns 50
NEW YORK—The colours, pageantry and sound of Caribbean Carnival were on full display last week, as the Brooklyn, New York-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) launched its 50th anniversary celebration of Caribbean Carnival Week.
Masqueraders from several mas camps, as well as carnival lovers, officials and legislators, converged on the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for the grand celebration, held under the theme, “From a Dream to a Legacy.”
“It’s good that we got to the 50th anniversary,” costume-clad Trinidadian Kay Mason, described as the “Queen of Labour Day Carnival,” told the Caribbean Media Corporation among the gaiety.
“I want to thank WIADCA for their organisation over the years,” added Mason, who won WIADCA’s Carnival Queen nine times and was five times “Queen of the Bands” in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
“It’s a milestone to bring this culture together, so we can celebrate,” continued Mason, representing perennial West Indian American Day Carnival Parade’s Band the Year Champions Sesame Flyers, who were honoured by WIADCA in April.
Other mas bands represented included Trinidad and Tobago-owned Detailz Mas, Antoine International, Amezilia Costumes and Diamond Entertainment.
Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, perhaps spoke for the Caribbean community in New York, stating that it was “important that we stand with pride.”
WIADCA president William Howard assured the effervescent crowd that “you’ll have a good time (during the Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway) on Labour Day (September 4). CMC
“We’ll see you for Labour Day,” he said.
The 50th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Week kicks off on Thursday (August 31) with “Reggae Unda Di Stars.”
The annual Summer Jam: Stay In School Concert & Youth Fest will be featured on September 1, along with the popular Brass Fest concert later that day, which features a host of T&T soca acts, including Blaxx; Lyrikal, Farmer Nappy and 2017 Road March King MX Prime of the Ultimate Rejects.
The Junior Carnival and Panorama take place on September 2 and the Dimanche Gras finale is set for the following day, where the likes of The Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, David Rudder and pannist Dane Gulston are carded to perform.