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Annual kids Christmas party gives gifts, and dance off

All of the gifts: From left, Jaylan Goring, Rhea Edward, Kate Reynolds, Ari Miller, & Saadie Samuel, showing off their face-paint and gifts from Santa.
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Hundreds of children came to see Santa and get gifts at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s (WIADCA) children’s Christmas party at Tropical Paradise on Dec. 18.

Kids at the annual party received many gifts donated by local restaurants and businesses, and dined on hot dogs and desserts. But the youngsters also got more than presents — they even performed classic Christmas tunes and took part in a calypso dance competition.

“My favorite part of the event was the dance-off,” said Dr. Ionie Pierce, a committee member of WIADCA. “It was nice to see how the kids were able to put out their best and they did very good.”

The day was filled with well-loved children’s entertainment and activities, including singing and dance performances, and a game of musical chairs, according to Pierce.

The governing body of one of North America’s largest carnivals, organizes the kid-friendly holiday party every year as a random act of kindness to parents who may not be able to fulfill their children’s wishes. Pierce said the event gives children the opportunity to still get gifted with toys, and interact with each other.

“Well I think the number one thing is giving back to community, and giving to community we are helping the parents who may not be able to buy gifts for their kids this year,” she said. “This is a good way of bringing everyone together, and allowing kids of different backgrounds to have fun. I think they all look forward to that.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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