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Arts & Theater: J’Ouvert City International announced the results of the Brooklyn J’Ouvert 2018 judging and Roy Pierre & Associates was named the first the prize winner in Fancy Mas for their portrayal of “All Hands On Deck (A Sailor is a Sailor).” This marks the 17th time that Roy Pierre & Associates has taken first place. Comment

Pols seek votes at Caribbean carnival

Brooklyn: With New York Democratic Primary in mind, a number of New York legislators on Monday, Labor Day, used the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn to seek votes in the Sept. 13 elections. Comments (1)

Cultural cornucopia: Costumes and cuisine delight spectators at annual Caribbean parade

Arts & Theater: Millions of revelers queued up along Eastern Parkway on Monday for the 51st-annual West Indian Day Parade, which offered spectators a feast for the eyes — and stomachs, according to a vendor who peddled homemade cuisine along the route. Comment
Arts & Theater: On an unusually very hot Labor Day, over three million spectator and tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers converged on and jammed down Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway for the largest carnival parade in North America under the ubiquitous eyes of officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD). Comment
Arts & Theater: The junior costume “Jump Up” presentation on Saturday, Sept. 1, was splendiferous. The children brought much merriment and a kaleidoscope of colorful costumes to the streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, massing in grand style. Comment
Brooklyn: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Labor Day that he plans to turn the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn into a community and recreational center. Comment
Arts & Theater: New York City Mayor, Bill deBlasio, during a Caribbean American Carnival kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, said the city is proud to be working together with the NYPD and the community to celebrate J’Ouvert in peace. Comment



Arts & Theater: As millions get ready to converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, hundreds of thousands earlier this week descended on London for Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival. Comment

‘The Carnival Jungle – Sweet Fuh Days’

Arts & Theater: Alton Aimable, the St. Lucian-born leader of Tropicalfete mas band, said it will be a “true Caribbean cultural experience” when the band exhibits “The Carnival Jungle – Sweet Fuh Days” in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comment

Colors of Power showcases ‘Butterflies of Colors’

Arts & Theater: The Colors of Power is debuting in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s (WIADCA) Parade with “Butterflies of Colors.” Comment

Boom Mas gets erotic for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: After four consecutive years on the Parkway, Boom Mas Carnival, the International Band, is getting erotic for Labor Day, according to co-band leaders Trinidadian Joel Deriggs and St. Lucian Daran Andrew. Comment

WIADCA presents New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2018

Arts & Theater: Thursday, Aug. 30 Reggae | Afrobeats | Soca Unda Di Stars! - Showtime: 7 pm – 1 am This outdoor jam session is complete with Afro-Caribbean Roots, Rhythm and Reggae! Full of vibes with a unique line-up Charly Black (Jamaica), Nailah Blackman (Trinidad), Ayo Jay (Nigeria), Linky First (Jamaica), Brooklyn’s own DyDy and more. Music by Kevin Crown (Dancehall), DJ Gringo (Reggae), Concert Kings: DJ Don & DJ Buka (Afrobeats) Triple 9 HD & Sound City International (Soca). Tickets: $35. More at the door. VIP $80. Comment

Make J’ouvert a non violent one

Arts & Theater: On Tuesday evening, at Plenty Paradise along the strip on Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn several high powered business leaders, community leaders, noted elected officials, judges, top attorneys, clergy and the Brooklyn police commanding officer were all at one location to discuss what has marred j’ourvert for too long. Comment

Time for D’Midas’ ‘Rebirth’

Arts & Theater: D’Midas International New York, Inc. says it is celebrating life and the survivors of cancer with “Rebirth” this Labor Day. Comment

Inspired by Zoe presents ‘The Lion King’

Arts & Theater: The four-year-old Brooklyn mas band Inspired by Zoe expects to reign this Labor Day with “The Lion King.” Comment
Arts & Theater: With the spectacular display of some of the costume productions for this year’s Labor Day Parade, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Thursday launched its 2018 New York Caribbean Carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comments (1)

1199 SEIU presents ‘Festivals’

Arts & Theater: After a year’s lay-off, 1199 SEIU Cultural Committee returns this year with “Festivals,” as it vies for a top spot in the medium-sized category in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Jamaican woman will preside over WIADCA — a first

Jamaica: It took more than five decades for a Jamaican woman to preside over the West Indian American Day Carnival Association and its most known annual Caribbean fete, which some refer to as the Labor Day parade. Comment
Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival parade’s solo Haitian masquerade group, will make its debut at the annual Labor Day pageantry next month. The Crown Heights-based Banboche Mas Camp is the newest organization that will represent the French-Creole speaking nation in the parade. As one of the youngest camps, the group recently launched a weekly fund-raiser leading up to the big event in an effort to raise funds to support the band’s expenses. At the launch kickoff on Aug. 10, the band was able to earn some support, and introduce themselves to new registrants, said co-founder of the band. Comment
Arts & Theater: The second annual “Carnival in the Rockaways” brought out hundreds of Queens denizens to Far Rockaway to enjoy a day of celebrating Caribbean culture on Aug. 18. As one of the few organized public events in Queens that honors island culture, for many attendees, witnessing the multi-cultural turnout was a sight to see, said one local mother. Comment

Kiddies band goes on a fantastic journey

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz and Associates has competed in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) Parade for the past 11 years. The band has had numerous successes, never failing to be among the first three places in the small band category. Its individuals have left their mark in both the Individual category and the King and Queen presentations. Comment

Carican Costumes show ‘How to Stay Healthy’

Brooklyn: Trinidadian Pat Nurse says her mas band, Carican Costumes, will demonstrate to masqueraders and spectators alike “How to Stay Healthy” during this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

‘Cocktail Party’ for Anonymous Mas

Brooklyn: The newly-formed Anonymous Mas is having a “Cocktail Party” on Labor Day. All is welcomed. Tobagonian co-band leader Latoya Legall told Caribbean Life Thursday evening – at the band’s mas camp, 335 East 52nd Street, between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn – that the production comes from “the many different flavors of cocktails, which reminds us of colors of the different carnival costumes.” Comment

Suga Candy Mas ‘Dreams’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: The three-year-old Suga Candy Mas is dreaming for another bumper year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. “This year’s presentation is called ‘Dreams,’” band leader Belizean Maxine Magdaleno, told Caribbean Life, who founded Suga Candy Mas in 2015. Comment

Dingolay Mas pays tribute to Shadow

Arts & Theater: Inspired by popular Trinidadian calypsonian The Mighty Shadow, Dingolay Mas will this year pay tribute to the witty and dynamic calypsonian in its Labor Day production. Comment

Veer Paradys envelopes Antoine International

Arts & Theater: Last year, “Caribbean Sickness” took over Antoine International’s Labor Day presentation. This year, “Veer Paradys, or feather explosion, envelopes the mas band, says band leader Trinidadian Kenneth Antoine. Comment

Roy Pierre & Associates say it’s ‘All Hands on Deck!’

Arts & Theater: This year marks the 25th anniversary of Roy Pierre & Associates participation in Labor Day J’ouvert celebrations in the borough of Brooklyn. This band also played mas at the very outset of the Eastern Parkway Parade, from 1971-1977, winning the Band of the Year title in 1974 with Midnight at the Oasis. Comment

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