Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Christopher (MC Wassy) Bowen are the grand marshals for the 2013 West Indian American Day Carnival parade. They will join the renowned West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) as they present New York’s “Greatest Show on Earth” under the theme: Celebrate our Caribbean Pride and Culture for the 46th Annual Caribbean Carnival Festival to be held throughout the Labor Day weekend, Thursday, Aug. 29 – Monday, Sept. 2.
Fresh from several well-attended media events, to include a most recent season launch at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
“WIADCA’s vision reflects a renewed commitment to work together while acknowledging a common and shared heritage. Sponsored by Con Edison, Healthfirst, Guinness, WBLS 107.5FM, CIN, Delta Airlines, McDonalds, Bacardi, MCU, Caribbean Life, UFT, Brooklyn Museum, CUNY, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Carib Beer, St. Francis College and others.”
After completing an internal administrative restructuring (to include Board of Directors and Advisory Board), WIADCA’s new President, Thomas Bailey and his team have been working diligently throughout the year to preserve the WIADCA brand, build and strengthen community &/sponsor relations and improve overall presentation and planning to ensure five days of safe, secure, fun and festive activities for all.
The new WIADCA team appreciates the continued support of its corporate sponsors, elected leadership, the NYPD, Mas’ and Steel bands and loyal fans, without them Brooklyn’s Carnival Parade would not be the tourist attraction it is today.
Additionally, there are still opportunities for new sponsorships, vending and participation available. To get prime placement and access to over one million patrons and perspective customers, call us now at 718-467-1797 or visit our website www.wiadcacarnival.org – for a sponsor kit, vendor application, or more information. Office located at 323 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
— Brooklyn Museum grounds
For 2013, WIADCA (www.wiadcacarnival.org) 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 U.S. on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2 – 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 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We invite you to come on down, enjoy, dance or take a “wine”.
Thursday, Aug. 29
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – 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, Aug. 30
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Stay in School Youth Fest -FREE!
WIADCA presents this performance opportunity to encourage youth to pursue education and develop their talents.
8:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. – 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 and Boodoo Singh Tassa Drummers. Hosted by MC Wassy and Giselle “D” Wassi One, all guaranteed to electrify the audience with sizzling high energy performances.
Saturday, Aug 31
8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. – 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.
8:00 p.m.- 3:00 a.m. –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, Sept. 1
7:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. – 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.
Monday, Sept. 2
Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – West Indian Carnival Day Parade 2013 – Caribbean Pride & Culture
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, Salsa, Zouk, Kompa and Calypso!
Tickets available online at www.wiadcacarnival.org; WIADCA office 718-467-1797 or at Museum gate.