Brooklyn Prepares For North America’s Biggest Carnival

Revelers at a past Labor Day carnival. (Hayden Roger Celestin/file photo)
News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. July 123, 2013: The countdown has begun to North America’s Biggest Carnival – the West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn, New York.
Organizers gathered in Brooklyn yesterday, Thursday, July 11th, to reveal the five-day Caribbean Carnival line-up plans, set for Labor Day weekend on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, from Thursday August 29th to Monday September 2nd.

The event, similar to the Brazilian carnival or the New Orleans spectacular, will include a Caribbean Woodstock featuring masquerade competitions and performances by artists from over a dozen Caribbean Islands, performing Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Zouk and Latin music; the annual “Stay in School” – Youth Talent Show for children; Brass Fest, an electrifying musical performance with headliner Machel Montano; the Steelpan Panorama competition featuring a special guest performance by New York University’s Steel Orchestra, the Junior Carnival featuring children under the age of 16 and the Dimanche Gras, an exciting line up of musicians and costumes.

This will conclude with the sea of costumes and revelers who take to the street on Labor Day Monday from 11 am at Schenectady Ave to dance their way down to Grand Army Plaza where they are judged on the creativity of their costumes.

The annual carnival, dating back to 1967, is attended by a diverse group of three million people each year rom all over the United States, Canada, England, Japan, Europe and the Caribbean and features the Caribbean culture at its best – including colorful costumes, the pulsating rhythms of the Caribbean and Caribbean Cuisine from hundreds of vendors.

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