2005 Brooklyn Carnival Events
Brooklyn Carnival Economic Impact Study Released
At a VIP breakfast on Monday, September 6, Lezama-Clark said the impact was $200 million, approximately 500,000 more than stated by the study. For years, organizers have been claiming the impact is closer to $300 million.
The study, conducted by The Lugano Group, Inc., with funding from the Empire State Development Corp., found that the total economic impact of the 2003 West Indian American Day Carnival was $154,800,000. However, the direct economic impact of Carnival 2003 was $86 million. The indirect total was achieved by taking into consideration sales of cloth, food, drinks and other products, among other purchases, researchers said.
Charles A. Gargano, chairman of Empire State
Development Corp., which provided a $20,000 grant to conduct the study,
said, “As the largest parade in North America, it was vital that we
understand the economic benefits it brings to New York. This study
quantifies what we already knew – that the Carnival is the catalyst for
significant economic activity not only in Brooklyn, but the City and State
as well. The results of the study show that the West Indian American Day
Carnival is well positioned to attract sponsor and investment as it
competes with large parades across North America.”
The West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn needs a management shake-up — and could be forced to make some major changes to keep it afloat, The Post has learned.
WIADCA receives close to $100,000 from the city and $345,550 in corporate sponsorship, according to the study. By comparison, the organization behind the Puerto Rican Day Parade raises about twice that amount primarily due to an unusually high number of major sponsors giving over $100,000. — and receives no public funding, according to 2003 tax filings.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade is also broadcast on NBC and its Spanish language subsidiary, Telemundo, while the West Indian Day Parade, with its major gaps and sometimes chaotic mix of street clothes and costumes does not get exposed beyond public access specials.
|Costumed bands rev up for big
BY LESLIE CASIMIR Such is the behind-the-scenes
In 2003, Wayne Ramsey spent his nights gluing feathers and sequins onto 267 carnival costumes and raising $18,000 for a rented truck and deejay to take part in the annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, set to kick off tomorrow at 11 a.m.
But Ramsey's mas (masquerade) band, called Rango & Associates, never made it down Eastern Parkway. "It was about 5:30 p.m., and the police made us turn off on Bedford Ave.," recalled the stunned city elevator inspector. "All that work, all that money - for nothing." nydailynews.com/news/local/story/229047p-196685c.html
Marchers put fest foot forward
By LAN NGUYEN, HUGH SON and LISA L. COLANGELO
People of West Indian descent came from all over to celebrate Caribbean heritage yesterday. nydailynews.com/news/local/story/229570p-197180c.html
Sunny West Indian American Parade Draws Thousands
Seventy floats participated in the parade, which kicked off around 11 a.m. and ended at 6 yesterday. It brought to an end, five-days of non-stop partying, that kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 2 with the first every ladies night, followed by Friday, Sept. 3 with Brassfest and on Saturday, Sept. 4 with Panorama hardbeatnews.com/details1979.htm Check out Hardbest models Hardbeatnews models Karma (l.) and Kitanya Fotos coming