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Trinidadian Twiggy Santana represents Antoine International. Photo by Nelson A. King
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By Nelson A. King
Heavy thundershowers descended
on the West Indian American Day Carnival
Parade on Monday, Labor Day, but
they did not prevent masqueraders and
revelers from getting down during the
52nd hosting of the massive event on
Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway.
Even as the thundershowers began
at 11:00 am, lasted for a full two hours,
and continued intermittently throughout
the parade, masqueraders and revelers
The artistry and musical talent,
along with a cornucopia of colors and
a potpourri of delicacies, augmented
the gaiety, as masqueraders and revelers
gyrate to hypnotic soca, reggae and
zouk music blaring from humongous
speakers or disc jockeys mounted atop
huge flatbed trucks.
“I’m from the Caribbean, so that’s
what we do,” said Brooklyn resident
Tasian Edwards, 23, who hails from
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, portraying
Anonymous Mas’s “A Journey
Around the World: Tales of Africa.”
“This is part of we culture,” added
Edwards, a mass designer, flanked by
Ghanaian Esi Clinton.
“The rain doesn’t stop us,” chimed
in Clinton, playing with Anonymous
Mas for the second time and the fourth
time in the West Indian American Day
“That’s the whole point of playing
mas,” she added. “You have to keep
going. The rain is a blessing, too.”
Guyanese Moeubefoluwa Pollydore
also played with Anonymous Mas, portraying
“Heritage.” “I like the rain,” she
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Revelers with Friends of f Crown
Heights jump for education..
Photo by Nelson A. King
By Nelson A. King
For the third successive year, masqueraders
and revelers with the of Crown Heights Educational Centers
in Brooklyn jumped for education,
underscoring the theme of band as it participated in the West Indian American Day Carnival
Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern
Donning T-shirts emblazoned
with the theme “Jump
for Education,” masqueraders,
primarily Vincentians, ensured
that they were part and parcel the grand extravaganza, even heavy thundershowers poured down
on the parade.
“I was here last year and the year
before,” said Phillmore Lowe, posing with
Odinga Dublin. “It’s a good thing to promote
“We’re one of the leading countries
when it comes to carnival in the Caribbean,
he added, jumping to Timba’s “Mind
Yo Funky Business” blaring from huge
speakers mounted atop a flatbed truck.
Brooklyn residents Betty Trent and
Carlita Jack jumped nearby.
“I’m enjoying it,” Trent shouted. “I’m
jumping for education.”
Jack said: “I feel great.”
Aspiring recording artiste Chake Bess,
who carries the sobriquet “Urbalist”, posed
with 5-year-old Hunter Nanton.
“I look forward to this moment every
year as a proud West Indian,” Bess said.
“The rain this morning – God just showed
us how much he blessed us.”
Shamara Smith, who designed her own
costume, played with her sister-in-law
Alredaa Charway, of Ghana.
“It’s fun,” said Smith, participating in
the parade for the second successive year.
“Only one life to live – you have to enjoy
Rain can’t stop the carnival
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