Friday, August 30, 2013. New York City – On Monday, September 2, 2013, will be the 46 West Indian Carnival Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York City. The theme for this year is “Celebrate our Caribbean Pride and Culture”. The parade starts at 11am on Utica Ave and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. It’s free!
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association says on its website WIADCACarnival.org, “This multi-cultural, Caribbean Carnival extravaganza led by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and other Grand Marshals, is the ultimate expression of Caribbean Pride and Culture. Known as NYC’s “Greatest Show on Earth”, this colorful Parade of costumed revelers and millions of spectators enjoy music, camaraderie, fun, food and family as they “JUMP-UP” to the scintillating sounds of Soca, Reggae, Zouk, Kompa and Calypso!”
For 2013, WIADCA has an impressive line-up of events slated to take place from Thursday, August 29th – Sunday, September 1st on the grounds of Brooklyn Museum (located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY). The celebrations then culminate with the largest Caribbean Carnival Parade in the US on Labor Day Monday, September 2nd – when over 40 costumed bands, scores of colorful floats, millions of jubilant spectators and supporters from around the world converge on Eastern Parkway that is fully lined with hundreds of food stalls selling mouth watering cuisine from around the world to satisfy every taste (from Schenectady Ave to Grand Army Plaza) from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Thursday, August 29th. 8:00pm – 1:00am – Caribbean Woodstock
This WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL boasts Caribbean entertainers in a wonderful mix of costume, competition, Steelpan, and musicians performing ZOUK, LATIN, HIP HOP, KOMPA, SOCA and REGGAE! Performers include Tallpree, Jeannie Sol, Adrian Dutchin, Statement, Trinity, Problem Child, Ricky T and many more!
Friday, August 30th. 10:00am-2:00pm – Stay in School Youth Fest -FREE!
WIADCA presents this performance opportunity to encourage youth to pursue education and develop their talents.
8:00pm- 3:00am – Brass Fest
Featuring multi-award-winning Soca artist, Machel Montano HD along with Farmer Nappy and Patrice Roberts. Also performing is Lyrikal, Brooklyn’s Willie Villegas Salsa Band, St. Lucia’s Teddyson John, & TJ Project, Pumpa, Boodoo Singh Tassa Drummers. Hosted by MC Wassy, Giselle “D” Wassi One, all guaranteed to electrify the audience with sizzling high energy performances.
Saturday, Aug 31st. 8:00am- 3:00pm – Junior Carnival Parade & Competition
Thousands of children and families enjoy music and “jump-up” while competing in their own costume parade. Route begins at corner of Kingston Avenue & St. John’s Place continues to Franklin Avenue & President Street ending at the Brooklyn Museum grounds. $2 admission at Museum gate.
8:00pm- 3:00am –Panorama Steelband Competition
A night of PAN, PAN, PANORAMA! This year for pan lovers, WIADCA presents a special appearance by New York University’s NYU Steel Orchestra and competing will be Pan Sonatas, CASYM, Crossfire, Pantonics, Adlib, Metro, Pan Fantasy, D’ Radoes, Despers and Eastside Symphony Orchestra. Get ready to lock in your vote!
Sunday, September 1st. 7:00pm- 1:00am – Dimanche Gras
An encore presentation featuring Panorama and King & Queen costume winners, and live performances by King David Rudder singing Hammer, High Mas’ & Trini to de Bone, the legendary Calypso Rose performing Tempo & Fire Fire, Lil’ Devyn, Swallow singing Fire in de Backseat, Lima Calbio, and more! Highlights include three of the world’s top Steelpan virtuosos appearing for the first time in the US in an on-stage showdown – Robert Greenidge, Andy Narrell and Liam Teague will duel for the “BEST OF THE EAST” title.
Early Monday morning (starting around 3AM) its the J’Ouvert parade, a celebration of steel pan drums that kicks off the main parade beginning at 11AM. The J’Ouvert parade starts in front of the Brooklyn Library and Grand Army Plaza/Prospect Park.
Short video of the J’Ouvert parade 2010 in Brooklyn, New York City.
A short video of the 45th West Indian Caribbean American Labor Day Parade in 2013.