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Labour Day Carnival Festival Celebrations

August 26, 2008

For the 41st year in a row, Carnival lovers and revelers from across the United States, and abroad will converge in Brooklyn, New York in celebration of the West Indian Carnival Festival & Parade. The annual Brooklyn celebration begins Thursday, August 28th with events and concerts on the Brooklyn Museum grounds, and culminates on Monday, September 1st with the renowned Labor Day Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway. This year’s theme One Caribbean, Many Cultures” embodies the beauty and unity of the Caribbean and its’ people.

Kicking off the weekend’s events will be the Ladies Night concert featuring Trinidad & Tobago’s 2008 Road March Queen, Fayann Lyons, artists Nadia Batson and Antiguan Road March Queen, Tizzy. Also slated for the jam-packed weekend are performances by soca stars Shurwayne Winchester & the Big Band Traffik, Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah, Kerwin Dubois, Grenada’s Road March King, Berbice and Hunter with the Dil-E-Nadan Orchestra. Calypso veterans – David Rudder, Scrunter, Barron, Swallow and Crazy will also perform.

The Labor Day Carnival Parade showcases the unique, vibrant and energetic Caribbean cultural heritage in New York City. Grand Marshals for the Carnival Parade include Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor David Paterson, Dr. Elizabeth Nunez, Provost –Medgar Evers College and Les Slater, Folklorist. The Grand Marshals will lead the festivities alongside Honorary Grand Marshals, Congressman Rangel and Comptroller Thompson. WIADCA president, Yolanda Lezama-Clark will join the Mayor & Governor to kick-off the festivities by cutting a ribbon at Utica Ave & Eastern Parkway at 11am. The line-up includes hundreds of VIP’s, Sponsors, over 70 Floats and thousands of colorful masqueraders depicting spectacular and breathtaking creations.

Over 3 million people are expected to attend again this year. Visitors from all across the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and other international locations attend the weekend celebration as part of their vacation holidays. Last year, an estimated 100,000 individuals attended the events during the five day weekend and millions of revelers are expected to celebrate during the Carnival celebration on Labor Day. Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, Carnival is a time of jubilation and wild abandon – its magnetism drawing greater audiences each year as people naturally gravitate to this happy and joyful occasion.

The West Indian-American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) is a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization established in 1967, and has been the driving force behind the West Indian Carnival Parade in Brooklyn. While WIADCA is most known for the affectionately named, “Labor Day Parade,” The main focus of the organization is to develop, teach and promote Caribbean arts and culture in the New York Metropolitan Area. WIADCA is the organizer and registered property owner of the West Indian American Day Carnival in New York City. The organization offers (3) Scholarship Funds: Arts & Culture, Medicine, Law & Business, benefiting more than 90 College student recipients to date.


All concerts are held at the Brooklyn Museum grounds,

900 Washington Ave, Brooklyn.

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1. Date – Thursday, August 28th Time- 6:00pm (doors open) Showtime- 7:00pm : Tickets in advance $20: At the Door:$25


Artists: Fayann Lyons, Lima Calibo & Nadia Batson (from T&T), Tizzy (from Antigua), Zoelah (from St Vincent) Dance Troupe and much more

Description – T&T 2008 Road March Queen, Fayann Lyons, leads the female all-star lineup at the event that kicks off the weekend’s Caribbean festivities along with Ole Mas, Characters & Individuals of the costume bands competition.

2. Date – Friday, August 29th Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Featuring youthful performers

-Hip Hop, Steelband, Dance, Fashions, Karate, Police Youth Club, Gowanus Drill Team, Harlem Children’s Zone, Soul Tigers Marching Band, Pink Diamond Steppers and more! Friday 29th – (Evening) Showtime – 8:00pm: Tickets in advance $35: At the Door: $40


Artists – Shurwayne Winchester & Traffik, KES the Band, Edwin Yearwood & Krosfyah and Statement (from Barbados) Berbice (from Grenada) and Hunter singing “Bring it in a Bottle” with Dil-E-Nadan Orchestra (special prize for the best dressed -farmer brown outfit)

3. Date – Saturday, August 30th (Daytime) 8:00am – 3:00pm: Children FREE (Adults $5 donation)

Route: Kingston Ave & St. Johns Pl, to Franklin Ave Sooutn, to President St, into Brooklyn Museum Grounds

Saturday 30th (Evening) Showtime – 8:00pm: Tickets in advance $30: At the Door: $35

Steel Bands: (2007 Champions) – Pan Sonatas, CASYM, Sesame Flyers, Despers USA, Harmony, Crossfire, Pantonics, Ad Lib and Radoes.

Event – PANORAMA STEELBAND COMPETITION – (Cash prizes & challenge trophy)

4. Date- Sunday, August 31st Showtime – 7:00pm: Tickets in advance $30: At the Door: $35


Artists – David Rudder, Scrunter, Crazy, Barron, Hunter and others along with a dazzling competition for King & Queen of the Bands

Description – The Sunshine Band & Calypso veterans perform, Kings & Queens compete and Dancers entertain to conclude the weekend concert events leading to the big Labor Day Carnival Parade.

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