NYC's West Indian American Day Carnival kicks off with COVID precautions in place

Carnival may look a bit different this year due to COVID-19 concerns, but organizers are still promising a weekend full of fun.

News 12 Staff

Sep 4, 2021, 2:22 AM

Updated 953 days ago

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Carnival may look a bit different this year due to COVID-19 concerns, but organizers are still promising a weekend full of fun.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association kicked the celebration off at the Brooklyn Museum Friday night. This year, the event’s theme is “rebirth.”
Caribbean musicians and DJs will perform on stage all weekend.
On Saturday, you can watch a virtual “Youth Fest” showcasing young Caribbean talent. You can also catch live performances celebrating Caribbean pride featuring steel bands outside the Brooklyn Museum.
Organizers say you can still get the ultimate West Indian American Day Carnival experience on Labor Day, complete with costumes behind the museum, though there will be no actual parade.
While the parade was canceled for the second year in a row, organizers say they are still excited to celebrate their culture this weekend.
To participate in activities in person, full vaccination is required. You can also get a rapid COVID test administered on site, and if it’s negative, you’re welcomed to join festivities.


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