While everyone knows the annual West Indian
Day Parade is on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, not everyone knows
there are related events happening for four days and nights.
At 8 pm, live calypso and comedy featuring Nikki Crosby & Errol Fabien as well as "all types of masquerade competition" will be staged on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway. Admission is $20.
From 1 pm to 4 pm, "Stay in School - Stay off Drugs Concert," a free event for children of all ages, will take place on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
At 8 pm, a brass festival, including Atlantik, Krosfyah, Square One & Allison Hinds, Island Vibes, Iwer George, Bunji Garlin and Blue Ventures, will be on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Admission is $30.
Beginning at 10 am, the Annual Children’s Carnival Parade, will assemble at St. John’s Place and Kingston Avenue and proceed down Kingston Avenue to St. Mark’s Place, then to Franklin Avenue, on to President Street and end, at about 4 pm, on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Free for children, $2 donation for adults.
At 8 pm, the Steelband Panorama Competition will feature at least 12 steel orchestras from the tri-state area competing for cash prizes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The program also features the BWIA Invaders Steel Orchestra direct from Trinidad and Tobago. Admission is $25.
From 1 pm to 4 pm, the Children’s Masquerade Competition will feature thousands of children returning to the Brooklyn Museum grounds to compete for trophies, cash and savings bonds. Free for children, $2 donation for adults.
At 7 pm, the doors open to the Dimanche Gras Show, a lineup of calypso kings from around the Caribbean, including the Sugar Aloes, Mighty Sparrow, Red Plastic Bag, David Rudder, Super P, Iwer & Naya George and Bunji Garlin. The host for the evening, at the Brooklyn Museum, is MC Wassy. Admission is $30.
Sept. 2, LABOR DAY
At 11 am, the 35th Annual West Indian Day Carnival Parade will convene on Eastern Parkway for a day filled with music and entertainment. The carnival parade of more than 70 floats and thousands of costumed masqueraders, starts at Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway and travels down Eastern Parkway past Grand Army Plaza.
For more information about these events, call the West Indian American Day Carnival Association at (718) 625-1515.