West Indian American Carnival festivities begins—stay tuned for the barrage of falsehoods that persist about the event’s massive parade

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While millions of revelers heartily anticipate the 46th annual festival procession, organizers of New York’s big event make final preparations – and brace for unwarranted criticism, The New York Daily News reports. Masqueraders are one of the many attractions that drew millions of spectators to the annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in 2012.

If you don’t already know, the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade is just days away. Millions of revelers — from the U.S. and abroad — will once again be converging on Brooklyn for the colorful and fun parade. Partygoers will come, seeking Caribbean music, food and a look at the miraculous masquerade costumes. Mayoral candidates will come, seeking votes for the fall primary elections. It’s good news that the carnival and the massive number of visitors it generates, fuels the city economy with millions, and spawns thousands of other events — ranging from backyard fetes to the three-day Caribbean Fever concert series at the Barclays Center.

More good news: The millions of spectators from many nations come in all colors, but share the yearning to see, hear and taste samples of the vibrant and infectious Caribbean culture.

But there’s an ugly downside created by agitators, who are hellbent on for blaming the carnival for crimes committed by criminals. Criminals, not the West Indian American Day Carnival, commit crimes. But bigoted potshots — many from armchair quarterbacks who’ve never been to the event — wrongly portray the event as a crime magnet.

Remember, 17 people were shot around the city in a single day earlier this month and there were no scantily-clad masqueraders or steelpan music to be found. Let’s start to focus on the real problems — violence in the city streets and homes. Carnivals don’t attack people, but criminals do. The millions who continue to come to West Indian American Day Carnival each year know that.

People with Caribbean roots – from region, across the U.S. Canada, Europe and beyond – converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway to show their national colors and join thousands of spectators who come to experience the music-, food- and costume-filled spectacle. Below, a police officer on duty at the 2012 parade successfully ignores a mischievous masquerader.

The West Indian American Day Carnival Day Parade will be held on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Eastern Parkway, from Utica to Flatbush Aves.

All the pre-parade shows will take place on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave.

The carnival shows start on Aug. 29 with Caribbean Woodstock, bringing musical acts from Grenada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia and Jamaica on the same stage. Performers include Tallpree, Jeannie Sol, Adrian Dutchin, Statement, Trinity, Problem Child, Ricky T, Lavaman, Gaddy G, Fyahstone, Nutron GBM and Triviah. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The free “Stay in School Youth Fest” will be held on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That evening, “Brass Fest,” a collection of some of the hottest Caribbean bands, takes place at 8 p.m. Headliners include Machel Montano HD with Farmer Nappy and Patrice Roberts, the Willie Villegas Salsa Band, Lyrikal, Teddyson John, Pumpa, TJ Project, Giselle “D” and others. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The Junior Carnival Parade and Competition — featuring youngsters in costume — kicks off on Aug. 31 from Kingston Ave. and St. Johns Place, at 8 a.m. Admission is $2 for the museum competition.

That night, steelband competition Panorama will determine the top steel drum ensemble from a group of first-class groups: Pan Sonatas, CASYM, Crossfire, Pantonics, Adlib, Metro, Pan Fantasy, D’ Radoes, Despers and Eastside Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a special performance by New York University’s NYU Steel Orchestra. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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On Sept. 1, the Dimanche Gras show will be held and will feature a special musical battle between steelpan stars Robert Greenidge, Andy Narrell and Liam Teague. The show also features King David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Swallow, the king and queen costume winners and more. The event begins at 7 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit www.wiadcacarnival.org or call (718) 467-1797.

For the original report go to http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-carnival-true-false-article-1.1436300#ixzz2d2DUqMIt

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