All Set For West Indian American Day Carnival


News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. Aug. 31, 2012: North America’s largest carnival is set to get underway for the 48th year in Brooklyn, New York this weekend.

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association, led by new President Thomas Bailey this year, will present five days of entertainment and activities.
Labor Day carnival got underway last night, Aug. 30th, with the ‘Mas & More Mas’ extravaganza, a new feature this year.

“Going back to carnival’s roots feels good and we expect huge crowds to come out to see a great demonstration of costume skills, old mass satire and take a trip down memory lane,” explained Bailey on the addition of the event.

Today, Friday, August 31st, the stay in school concert will be held while today, it’s Brass Fest Soca Madness, featuring Machel Montano, H.D.

“We’re expecting a standing room only event with Machel lighting up the stage. This going to be real soca madness,” said Michael Greaves of WIADCA’s Entertainment Committee. Other performers will include Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah and Dominica’s Zouk band, WCK.

The kids will take over Brooklyn tomorrow morning, Sept. 1 as the 2012 Junior “Kiddies” Carnival while later Saturday evening from 7 p.m. about 11 steel orchestras will square off on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum for the Panorama steelpan competition will get underway.

“Pan has come a very long way from the early days when it was looked down upon and discriminated against by so-called police society. The pan man was seen as a hooligan and a no-good by society and it took many years of blood, sweat and toil for the pan to gain some semblance of respectability,” said Randy Babb, WIADCA’s Board liaison to the steelpan community in New York.

On Sunday night, September 2, Calypso Rose, King Ajamu and Mas and Pan will be part of the annual Dimanche Gras event.

On Monday, September 3rd, millions of revelers on floats representing each Caribbean island, party trucks, live bands, and stilt walkers will perform along Eastern Parkway from Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza on Labor Day Monday.

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