Jersey City to celebrate 23 yrs with carnival parade

Masqueraders revel in a past Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival in New Jersey.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

The stage is set, and the streets are ready to welcome hundreds of masqueraders who will dazzle Jersey City, NJ, in a colorful costume parade, when the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc. (JCWICACAI) celebrates 23 years of revelry on Saturday, July 28.

Cheryl Murphy, founder and president of the (JCWICACAI) Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc., said, “we are extremely happy and grateful to everyone who has supported the carnival for the past 22 years.

“We would like to thank the many revelers, who are expected to join the parade at noon at Lincoln Park in Jersey City,” she said, noting that the massive parade will include steel bands, calypso and soca music, and a main stage.

Scores of bands from across New Jersey will mas along the streets and judged by a seasoned panel at the Reviewing Stand, located at City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City.

The parade will then end at the NJ waterfront, where a massive festival, and music concert will entertain the crowd.

Spectators will have access to a Health Corner, Children’s Village, Carnival Village, and After Carnival Community Party Fete.

The non profit (JCWICACAI) that transports the residents of Jersey City (better known as “the most diverse city in the world”) to the Caribbean for a weekend, kicked off its celebrations with a Media Launch Party on April 8, at Liberty House Restaurant, to present its ‘Class of 2018 Grand Marshalls.

Murphy was recently inducted into the Jersey City African American Trailblazing Pioneers Wall of Fame at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center.

She was placed among Jersey City’s Great Leaders, and visionaries, and presented with a Citation from the Office of the City Council, City of Jersey City, started the Caribbean carnival in Jersey City to engage the melting pot of Caribbean community and other nationalities.

Throughout the past 22 years, she has organized community outreach programs, such as a scholarship program, arts and cultural events and health fairs.

Quite an inspirational individual, Murphy, who traces her roots to the Bahamas, said her family, community and leaders, inspired her to give back, and to this end, she has worked diligently to showcase the beautiful culture and diversity of Jersey City, and looks forward to an exciting 23rd year of celebrations.

To learn more, go to Facebook/j¬erseycityc¬aribbeanca-rnival, email jcwicarniv[email protected]ail.com, or call 201-757-9043.

Cheryl Murphy, founder and president of the (JCWICACAI) Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc. was inducted into the African American Trailblazing Pioneers Wall of Fame, at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center.
Cheryl Murphy

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