Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Great Day At Carnival

A partial view of one of the many spectacular masquerade queens. 

A Trinidadian soundsystem. While Carnival is celebrated in one form or another around the world, the Carnival tradition that the West Indian Day Parade draws on originates in Trinidad. 

The Grenadian Soundsystem was particularly raucous, celebrating the victory of countryman Kirani James in the 400 meter dash in London. The Jamaican domination of the 100 and 200 meters and the Bahamanian victory in the 4x4 ensured that track fans were in abundance at the parade.

One of three floats sponsored by 1199 SEIU the healthcare workers union that has supported thousands of Caribbean nurses and nurse practitioners in New York City over the last 60 years. 

In case you missed it, the West Indian American Day Carnival was fantastic on Monday. More photos here, and more chatter/links to more photos here. The amount of Caribbean history that parades down the parkway, from the healthcare workers to the track stars to the shirts bearing pictures of Toussaint Louverture, Marcus Garvey, and Bob Marley, is enough to keep this history grad student up late writing blog posts. While there was some violence at the very end and then after the parade (much less than in years past), and our hearts go out to the victims' families, this year's organizers deserve commendation for running a great show (as do the NYPD and the various city agencies involved).


  1. Agreed ... kudos to the organizers!

  2. and the NYPD! Well said, ILFA.