The annual West Indian Labor Day Carnival will kick off officially on Sunday, July 29th with a massive outdoor Carnival Jamboree at KC’s Hideaway in Brooklyn from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The kick-off marks the official count down to the Labor Day weekend masquerade costume street party that is being presented under the theme “Caribbean Culture, History and Unity” this year.
“We are planning a secure, well-managed and organized carnival festival,” said Tom Bailey, President WIADCA. “The new WIADCA team has been hard at work since I became president on April 12th. It has been a challenge because the transition was not as smooth as I would have liked. But we have been blessed with support and goodwill from a number of quarters and if there are shortcomings this year, rest assured, we will be better in 2013. We have already started to plan for 2013 and our 50th anniversary.”
Preparations for the final leg of WIADCA 2012 Carnival Festival & Parade took off with flying colors on July 11th with the start of Vendor Registration for the grand Eastern Parkway Parade. This year will see a return to the carnival tradition with unique demonstrations of traditional mas, steel pans “around the neck” and other never seen masquerade offerings in New York, direct from Trinidad & Tobago.
Labor Day Carnival is the most well-known, important and exciting event in New York annually which makes this cultural presentation unique among Carnivals around the world.
The culinary delights offered by hundreds of ethnic food vendors from every culture, line both sides of the 19 blocks of Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn with a wide variety of tantalizing and mouth-watering dishes to suit every taste.
The camaraderie of friends and family is contagious as millions of happy spectators from around the world, thousands of costumed revelers and scores of flatbed music trucks blast their heart throbbing Soca, Calypso and Reggae music, enough to hypnotize spectators and transform innocent bystanders into frenzied dancers.
Starting from August 1st 2012, WIADCA will have late hours for vendor registration on Wednesdays and Fridays till 7 p.m. Visit o www.wiadcacarnival.org to purchase concert tickets or for more info, Email [email protected] or call (718) 467-1797.