The Spirit of Carnival: New York’s Very Own West Indian Day Parade


Every year in New York City, millions of people gather along Eastern Parkway on Labor Day to celebrate Caribbean culture at the West Indian-American Day Parade, better known to West Indian natives as Carnival.

Since the early 20th century, under the guidance of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, the parade has united New Yorkers from all across the city looking to immerse themselves in Caribbean culture and traditions through dance, costumes, music, and food.

But how did one of the most colorful festivals in the world make its way to the Big Apple? And what exactly is the historical significance behind Carnival in the Caribbean?

Learn more about the history behind one of the biggest parades in NYC and the impact it has had in making New York the cultural melting pot that it is today.

On Monday, September 6th, join the West Indian American Carnival Association on Eastern Parkway in solidarity as they commemorate 54 years of community service and REBIRTH! Includes updates about our Fall/Winter 2021 season, move to our new home at the Bedford Union Armory and the acknowledgement of our New York Carnival 2021 March Marshals:

· First Lady Chirlane McCray

· Rabbi Eli Cohen – Executive Director, Jewish Community Council/Community Activist

· NOAH NY – Dr. Henri Paul – Haitian Medical and Disaster Relief Organization

· Posthumous acknowledgment of Dr. George A. Irish former Head of the Caribbean Research Center, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Caribbean and Latin American Studies – Medgar Evers College CUNY

WHO: West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA)

WHAT: Media Presser

WHEN: Monday, September 6, 2021 @ 9am – 11am

WHERE: 9:00am

WALK begins Corner Nostrand Avenue and Eastern Parkway (Cultural Row, Brooklyn, NY)

WALK ENDS in front Brooklyn Museum

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