“The New York Caribbean Carnival Parade” has grown over the years from thousands of participants and tourists to over 1 million people in attendance since the mid – 1990′s according to then Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The influx of tourists from all over the world has benefited New York City on an economic level, most recognizably with large corporations, small businesses and the tourist/service industries.
You are invited to support the West Indian American Day Carnival Association aka WIADCA at their four day concert series which climaxes with the largest street festival in North America.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3RD – New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2015 activities kick off at 8:00pm with a unique Caribbean Freedom Festival, featuring KES the Band, costume competitions and Herbet Holler & the Freedom Party NYC©.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 4TH – The annual Stay In School Concert and College Fair begins at 10:00am. Featuring tomorrow’s Aspiring Singers, Dancers, Spoken Word Artists, Instrumentalists, Steppers, Praise Dancers, Marching Bands, Drum lines, Choirs, Dance Groups and Rappers.
Brass Fest concert starts at 8:00pm features Ricardo Drue (2015 Antigua Soca Monarch), Lyrikal (Trinidad), Skinny Fabulous (St. Vincent 2015 Soca & Power Monarch), Pressure Busspipe (Virgin Islands), Ravi B (Trinidad 2015 Chutney Soca Monarch) and headliners Bunji Garlin (2013 Soul Train Award recipient), Soca diva Fay-Ann Lyons & the Asylum Vikings Band, hosted by DJ Redman (107.9FM) and MC Wassy.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 5TH – Junior Kiddies Carnival starts at 11:00am and at 8:00pm attendants will enjoy the sweet sounds of steel pan music at the annual Panorama showcase, where 11 steel orchestras vie for the 2015 Steel Band Champion title.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 6TH – Dimanche Gras showcase of the legends in Caribbean music with performances by the Mighty Sparrow, David Rudder, Swallow (Antigua) and Edwin Yearwood (Barbados 2015 Sweet Soca Monarch), plus the King & Queen of the Bands Competition.
All staged events will occur behind the Brooklyn Museum, Events will run from Thursday, September 3rd through Monday, September 7th (Labor Day), culminating with the New York Caribbean Carnival, North America’s largest street parade/dance party on Eastern Parkway from 11:00am – 6:00pm.
WIADCA Mission Statement
To promote, develop and celebrate Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions through year-round programs which culminate with a week-long display of festivities and a grand finale Carnival parade expanding our cultural reach throughout the world.
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