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In the heat of August in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, vacant lots are transforming into panyards and storefronts into mas camps, These overlooked spots take a central role in community life as the Labor Day Carrnival preparations bring people together.

Visits to three camps found diverse philosophies at work.

At the Carican camp, we found Pat Nurse and two young helpers working on this year’s presentation, “Jewels of Africa” It’s her approach to involve the children in making the costumes they will wear in the annual children’s parade.

The theme includes Kings of Africa, Queens of Africa, African Dancers and The Forest Trees. Carican is at 547 Lincoln Place, For more info call 718 399 0076.

Observers of world politics may find resonance in Roy Pierre’s 2011 Jouvert presentation, “The Governors Ball”.

Inspired by the Mighty Sparrow’s calypso, It tells the story of a mad woman who, attracted by the music, jumps the asylum wall to join the Governor’s Ball, soon followed by the whole madhouse: inmates, attendants, doctors mingling among the upper crust society folk, their servants and the Police band.

All are portrayed in Mr. Pierre’s presentation. The Asylum was very close to the governor’s residence in Port of Spain, so it is possible the ball could be heard by prisoners, and the message is timely again.

Costumes can be viewed at 3820 Church Ave. 7:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.

PAGWAH’s diverse and beautifully designed costumes -- all deep red, will send a visual message of unity in its 2011 presentation “One Blood.”

To participate, says Richard Pacific, one must down with the message: Peace, Love, Unity. Remember who we are: Children of the Creator, One Blood - One Family. Lets live in love and light.

The costumes are on display at their camp at 1815 Nostrand Avenue. Music by Natural Expressions rhythm section can also be heard on weekends.

Updated 12:18 pm, August 26, 2011
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