Grenadians have fun in Crown Heights

Dance off: Performers showcase their dancing skills at the ninth annual Grenada Day celebration at the Old Boys and Girls High School field on Aug. 27.
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A day for the Isle of Spice!

Thousands came out to celebrate their heritage at the ninth annual Grenada Day celebration in Crown Heights on Aug. 27. Grenadian-Americans flocked to the Old Boys and Girls High School field to spend a day extolling their pride and partaking in their culture, and it was one of the biggest gatherings yet, said Grenada’s consul general to New York.

“It was so good — it was one of the largest crowds I’ve ever seen since it’s been operation,” said Rosemarie Welsh, Grenada’s consul general to New York.

Welsh says the day-long function is a vital activity for the Diaspora living in the city and an opportunity for them to present their values and traditions by keeping it alive.

“Grenada Day is a very important day for Grenadians in New York because we have to market our culture and this is one ways that we can use to make sure we make that happen,” she added.

At the event were musical performances by soca and calypso artists Shortpree, Lil Natty, and Inspector to name a few. There were also moko jumbies present to entertain guests with stilt balancing.

Organizers say the yearly celebration draws bigger crowds every year, and guests readily maintain their ongoing support for the event and the local businesses that come.

“We’ve gotten great responses and a lot of people said that this was one of the best Grenada Day’s they’ve been too,” said a deputy manager with the Grenada Day association.

“They enjoyed performances, the variety of food and crafts from our vendors, and all the children activities we had.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimo[email protected]local.com.

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