is panned from
many viewpoints. We fault it for missing its opportunity to
highlight Carnival festival arts.
Surreptitiously timed to match the Notting Hill Carnival,
which gives London the title of hosting the
largest street festival in Europe, their was an opportunity to
associate the City of London with
Jamaica's 2008 glorious global moment by showing the Carnival
off with its major influences on
global culture, the power of vibration as expressed through dj sound systems
World Record 9.69 100 meters
Usain "Lightning Bolt" moments after capturing Gold Medal in 100 meter
at 2008 Olympics [more]
has enjoyed debating whether the most memorable athletic
achievement was by swimmer Michael Phelps or this 6ft
5in Jamaican who sprinted his way into history at the 2008
games. Mr. Bolt does appear to
have captured the imagination of the world with some Carnival
like characteristics. He seems to want to dance as much as
run as he repressed an urge to showboat long enough to set a
world record in the 100 meter race, most prestigious event of the Games.
However, the 1.5 billion watching the Olympics on TV saw the people
of London gathered in downtown London at the "VISA London
2012 Party" which featured record gold medal setting
American Michael Phelps. Although he talked about his hopes for
attending the 2012 games, some wondered why was not Mr. Bolt
also being toasted.
The West Indies Island of Jamaica has long been one of the
world's most musically influential. One of the reasons for this
are their massively portable Sound Systems, made to create a
party atmosphere on the streets. No world class festival
anywhere else in the world shows off this dj centered art form
more than the Notting Hill Carnival which was at peak levels
during the handover ceremony.
Jamaica is a country, like Trinidad, which has made major
contributions to the global culture far beyond its relative
size. There are few Trinidadians who do not know that their
Peter Minshall, has been part of opening and closing
ceremony design for the Atlanta and Barcelona Olympics.
Had the visuals been coming from the huge crowd gathered before
the big screen at the Notting Hill Carnival they would have been
surrounded by a wall of sound from the djs who make the Notting
Hill Carnival unique.
There is still almost four years before the world's eyes will be
as focused as they were during the handover ceremonies. The
event planning will have a few more go rounds at the Notting
Hill Carnival which suffered its most significant youth gang
problems following the Carnival in many years.
Britons proud of their athletes' achievements have vented their
frustrations at being left "the laughing stock of the world" by
the show, which featured rocker Jimmy Page, X-Factor winner
Leona Lewis and footballer David Beckham.
The routine, which also included a performance by urban dance
troupe ZooNation and the use of a red London bus, was meant to
showcase the capital as the new host city of the Games.
But many have objected to its informality - and the scruffy
state of Mayor Boris Johnson
waving the flag - compared to the neat choreography of the
The official London 2012 website , the BBC and other sites
received a huge number of negative comments;
"Boris was scruffy,
commuters littering the streets with their newspapers, Leona
could not be heard, and what was the young girl walking on the
backs of the oppressed workers all about?" ....the fact that a
dancer in a wheelchair got out of the chair and climbed the bus?
What is that all about? A load of precocious, performing arts
students sprawling around-surely London has more to offer?
Others were more philosophical or positive. Many comments at
the official web site were encouraging; "Seeing the bus driving
just sent me back to being a kid. The modern feel to it all was
great. We've seen with Sydney, Athens, and Beijing such a strong
presentation of the past and then try to explain that what's
important is the children (the future). It's refreshing to see a
presentation with children with a MODERN feel. I'll be there to
watch in 2012!"
The Titan Sports Daily dismissed Page and Lewis as "not
famous enough" and went on: "Unlike the Chinese custom, which
tends not to reveal their weakness to the outsiders, the British
seem to like to laugh about their stupidity in a funny way.
During the performance, when the London bus pulled over, all the
passengers waiting for the bus rushed into the door at the same
time, which truly damaged the British image."
A spokesman for the London Organising Committee of the
Olympic Games (Locog), which organised the show, said: "When you
have a global audience of 1.5 billion people, you aren't going
to please absolutely everyone, but the general response has been
positive and we were very pleased with the reaction the show
received in the stadium and from the feedback we have received
since, both in the UK and around the world."
London 2012 Countdown begins at the
largest street party in Europe [more]
The Notting Hill Carnival with its 2008 theme of "Welcome the
" showcased London's culture and diversity as a plus for holding the Olympics
Chief organizer Liu Qi at the closing
ceremony of the Games held in the National Stadium in north
Beijing on Sunday night said "One World, One Dream" in Chinese,
English and French, stressing that the world today is in need of
mutual understanding, inclusiveness, cooperation and harmonious
One of the world's great rivalries was on
display at the 2008 Olympics
Trinidad and Tobago’s 100 metres silver
medallist Richard Thompson made a come from behind dash to lead
the 4x100 metres relay team to a second place win in the final
at the Olympic Games. A minor fumble with the baton on the last
leg of the team’s run set them back in their bid for the gold
medal which went to Jamaica
Come Sunday nearly three million people
are predicted to turn out for the West Indian American Day Carnival
Parade but there's a four-day celebration behind the famous
Brooklyn Museum leading up to it. Enter through the main doors of the
museum for the Panorama on Saturday otherwise its around the back for
spicy food, colorful costumes and calypso, soca and much much more. It
all begins on NYC Carnival Thursday, and ends with the parade along
Eastern Parkway from Utica Ave to the Brooklyn museum.
at the Carnival
Village at the Brooklyn Museum
days of great
For more information including the Results from
the 2007 Carnival Competitions vist the
WIADCA web site
Brooklyn (West Indian) Carnival 2008: Labor Day
The parade takes place on Labor Day, September 1, and will draw
approximately 2 million to Brooklyn.
While we wait for news on the
2008 Carnival, check out the news feed and visit our events section.
beginning pre-dawn labor day morning and go till day-break
While 4AM is too early for most, there's an increasing number of
folks who have made Brooklyn's J'Ouvert a can't miss on the annual
festival calendar. Here you can immerse yourself in magic of
steelband music, and become one with the passionate dance of
Presented by J'Ouvert City
International, the annual celebration of satirical costumes,
steel drums and other non-amplified music begins at 2 a.m.
on Labor Day and ends just before the big West
Indian-American Day Carnival Parade kicks off.
J'Ouvert City International holds competitions for steel
bands and mas bands in a number of categories. For
information on the awards event or the J'Ouvert Parade, call
president Danville Williamson at (347) 605-3159, vice
president Yvette Rennie at (718) 636-8029 or secretary Hazel
John at ( 347) 601-0859.
For 2008 there's been plenty of public print
and you can expect about 18 steel orchestras and 14 masquerade bands
to be part of the procession. No amplified music is allowed for this
procession which encourages crowd participation.
The J'Ouvert Parade that takes place pre-dawn on Labor Day
morning and is best found by bringing your body to Grand Army Plaza
at Flatbush Ave. and Eastern Parkway well before 4am.
The Brooklyn J'Ouvert has come into its own as a major event and
rather amazing big city phenomenon as it welcomes Labor Day and the
Grand Parade of the WIADCA Brooklyn Carnival. Like most of the
Caribbean Carnival traditions gloriously on display during Carnival
week, it was a tradition began in 1937 as part of the Trinidad
Carnival. Folklorist Stephen Stuempfle has called the J'Ouvert
an "underworld dimension of Carnival" with "grim and sinister
characters, dirty and coarse costumes, and aggressive verbal and
Over the past decade Brooklyn's J'Ouvert has grown from
small groups of Dimanche Gras (Fat Sunday) revelers to a massive
predawn celebration attracting nearly 100,000 steelband and old mas
The predawn celebration begins around 4am although activity
begins after the Dimache Gras show concludes at the Brooklyn Museum
about 2am. The best place to hook up with friends is at the Grand
Army Plaza by the Library. The parade begins here and travels
through Flatbush to Empire Blvd, and ends on Nostrand Avenue and
A Few Tips:
Dress to Impress or Mess? While J'Ouvert
is a casual event, if you want to mix in you well
and be a participant you should put some effort into
what you wear but prepare for it to get messed up.
Expect it to be smeared with paint that may not be
water soluble. Powder and mud are also distinct
possibilities so don't wear cloths you do not mind
getting messy. Better still hook in with a steel
band or Jouvay Carnival group. J'Ouvert
costumes are inexpensive and are often creations
that mock political issues, celebrities, and
prominent events. It's OK for you and your friends
to make your own and come along too.
Wear comfortable shoes. The route for
J'Ouvert is long and public transportation is not
too accommodating. After this over people return
home on foot. If you plan to go to the parkway in
the morning, the last thing you want is sore feet.
Join In! In keeping with tradition, steel
drums are the only forms of music that will be
played. Many steel bands have an 'engine room' with
percussion instruments made form everyday items that
can maintain the rhythm for tunes played by the
steel drummers. It is the practice for revelers to
complement this rhythm section with their own
percussion even it is only a bottle and spoon.
No amplified music is allowed and there is a large
Dance and the world will dance with you.
its Carnival Day
WIADCA, Producer of the Brooklyn Labor Day Carnival seeks
Lezama-Clarke, President of
the 41st year in a row, Carnival lovers and revelers from
across the United States, and abroad will
converge in Brooklyn,
New York in celebration of the West Indian Carnival
Festival & Parade.The annual
Brooklyn celebration begins Thursday, August 28th
with events and concerts on the
grounds, and culminates on Monday, September 1st with the
renowned Labor Day Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway. This
year’s theme “One Caribbean,
Many Cultures”embodies the beauty and unity of the
Caribbean and its’ people.
Labor Day Carnival Parade showcases the unique, vibrant and
energetic Caribbean cultural heritage in
New York City.Grand Marshals for the
Carnival Parade include Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor
David Paterson, Dr. Elizabeth Nunez, Provost –Medgar
and Les Slater, Folklorist. The
Grand Marshals will lead the festivities alongside Honorary Grand
Marshals, Congressman Rangel and Comptroller Thompson. WIADCA president, Yolanda Lezama-Clark
will join the Mayor & Governor to kick-off the festivities by
cutting a ribbon at Utica Ave & Eastern Parkway at . The line-up includes hundreds of
VIP’s, Sponsors, over 70 Floats and thousands of
colorful masqueraders depicting spectacular and breathtaking
Over 3 million people are expected to attend again this year.
Visitors from all across the USA,
Canada, the Caribbean
and other international locations attend the weekend celebration as
part of their vacation holidays. Last year, an estimated 100,000
individuals attended the events during the five day weekend and
millions of revelers are expected to celebrate during the Carnival
celebration on Labor Day.
BEST way to keep up with the local
Carnival season for the countdown to mas on the Eastern Parkway
in Brooklyn. Island Mix has a long history of working for
the attention of your eyeballs. In return a lot of
influential hotties do share their thinking with thousands.
There are active sessions on innumberable topics and the
Brooklyn Carnival is one them. These are just a few of the
veteran hostesses for Labor Day Carnival.