I am extremely pleased to greet supporters, visitors friends, relatives and strangers to New York during this Labor Day weekend. Many thousands travel great distances to be a part of the wonder and excitement that is Carnival. For the first timers, the experience can be magical and addictive. To everyone--enjoy the beauty warmth of just being here--enjoy and have a good time.
I wish to thank the members of WIADCA, my family, the scores
of talented designers, bandleaders, craftsmen, artisans, calypsonians, steelbands,
musicians, and all others who have given their love, talent, time, resources, and
expertise to "our" cultural heritage of Carnival.