Members of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) were joined by fellow elected officials and community leaders yesterday afternoon in anointing Borough President Eric Adams as grand marshal for the upcoming West Indian day Parade. The parade, which takes place Monday, will travel down Eastern Parkway to Grand Army Plaza, flanked by traditional costumed dancers, steel pan players and other revelers.
“I am proud to be the caretaker of Caribbean culture in the borough of Brooklyn, especially as we embark on the West Indian American Day Parade,” said Borough President Adams. “Caribbean culture flows through the borough and this parade has grown from thousands to nearly a million people witnessing it on the Parkway. Brooklynites have benefited from this influx of tourists and visitors; they are a boost to the economy and we cannot thank the Caribbean community enough for bringing such commerce to the borough. As they say in Crown Heights, ‘Let’s ‘mash up di Parkway’!”
“The brilliant spectacle of a myriad of colors and a variety of costumes, along with the calypsonic melody of the steel drum is always a great source of pleasure and delight for the more than one million spectators and participants, united under the banners of cultural pride, who gather to share the vibrant and rich culture of the Caribbean,” said Assembly Member N. Nick Perry. “New York has long had the reputation of being a haven for immigrants seeking to fulfill their very own American Dream. We are thankful that New York continues to embrace and welcome people from across the globe, and is joining with us in this sharing and celebration of our heritage.”
“My district includes a substantial part of the borough’s Caribbean population and I’m not sure to say which part of my district knows how to party the best, but I think we’ll know after Monday,” said Assembly Member Helene Weinstein.
“For more than 40 years, the borough of Brooklyn has hosted the West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade that has brought millions of participants and spectators from across the nation and around the world to Eastern Parkway,” said Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo. “The Carnival is not only a tourist attraction and economic boost for our city, but an opportunity to display our creativity and diversity.”
“The annual West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade is truly a magnificent event which has been attracting millions of people from all corners of the world in celebration of the region’s rich history for decades,” said Council Member Mathieu Eugene. “What makes this unique event even more special is its ability to educate and enlighten people to the richness and diversity of Caribbean culture. I wish everyone great enjoyment of the Carnival and Parade as this wonderful event gets underway. “
“The West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade is the perfect time to celebrate the contributions the Caribbean community has made to our borough. The beautiful fabric that makes up Brooklyn’s unique culture is matched only by the colorful costumes you will see on display along Eastern Parkway this Labor Day,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “The Chamber is proud to have partnered with WIADCA to promote this event, which drives thousands of visitors every year who shop in our businesses, eat at our restaurants and ‘Explore Brooklyn.’ I would like to thank Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for giving the West Indian American Day and Carnival and Parade the kick-off it deserves.”
Joining Borough President Adams and the elected officials at the announcement included members of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association and a visiting delegation from Guadeloupe.