Once again the West Indian Day Carnival has descended on NYC for its annual Labor Day Weekend celebration. No ethnicity in NYC has a good as a celebration as the West Indians when you throw in pageantry, festivity and my personal favorite Jouvert.
So I’ve compiled a list of some of the top events for the Carnival this upcoming weekend. This is a not to be missed events for the public. For those really in the know see you at the house parties all in backyards in Flatbush and East Flatbush this weekend.
Top Events for West Indian
Friday, Saturday and Sunday some of the West Indian Islands best music will be on display. Friday its Haitian music at its best with Tabou, Kassav and Wyclef Jean when I don’t mind paying to see him not when his people are despondent in his home country and the money should be going to charity. (Yes Wyclef we’re still upset about that, at least I am)
On Saturday its a Soca music fete with Alison Hinds, Iwer George and Fay Ann Lyons appearing.
The final day its a dancehall and reggae “Irie Jamboree” with “Jr. Gong” Damian Marley, Capleton and the legend Shabba Ranks all appearing.
Visit the Barclays Center website for tickets
5 Alarm Blaze Sunday Night
The name says it all 5 Alarm Blaze. Its the pre party before the Jouvert later Sunday Night. Soca Superstar Machel Montano and Dancehall Don Mavado are the headliners at always popping Webster Hall from 10pm-5am!!! Tickets are $40 unless you need to be VIP at $75 and if you buy 4 you get one free.
This will be a good event if you want to stay indoors, party hear great music and drink like a fish. Visit Webster Hall’s website for more info.
Dance to the morning light at Jouvert
Live Music by way of Steelpan, people slinging Mud, sipping beers, acting unhibited all with police nearby from 2am-7am in the morning.
I’ve been to many things in NYC but this is the closest thing I’ve seen to true release of inhibitions and pure joy at the Jouvert. The music is magical, the outfit for people playing mas, or in the band camps are original. People are dancing, you will see real twerking not that Miley Cyrus bull ish and people will throw mud and paint on others who are willing to partake in it.
Jouvert is the day of excess in true Carnival similiar to Fat Tuesday at Mardi Gras. It has a dual meaning of enjoying the end of slavery in the West Indian Islands.
To come to the Jouvert enter Flatbush Avenue from the Eastern Parkway side at 2am. Get off at Grand Army Plaza stop on the 2,4 trains or take the Q train to 7th Avenue. Then just listen out for the steel pan drums. It’s a time you won’t forget, your chance to feel the real West Indian Islands in the city.
Oh and if you have enough energy left enjoy the fun and festivities at the West Indian Day Parade down Eastern Parkway on Monday, September 3rd from 10am-6pm. To visit the West Indian Day Parade website by clicking here.