Pros teach Caribbean costume wire-bending skills and steelpan at free West Indian American Day Carnival Association workshops


A report by Jared McCallister for the New York Daily News.

Wire bending — a framing technique at the foundation of Caribbean carnival costume creation — is being examined, discussed and taught in beginning, intermediate and advanced classes, organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

The carnival association is also touting a steelpan workshop, highlighting the versatile, Caribbean-born instrument.

All the events are free and part of an enhanced community outreach effort by the carnival association, which presents the annual colorful New York Caribbean Carnival along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway in partnership with veteran masquerade bands and steelband orchestras.


The basic and intermediate master wire bending workshop classes run from May 4 to June 29 (except May 26). Basic sessions run from 10 a.m to noon. Intermediate classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Successful completion of the basic master bending classes are required as a prerequisite for intermediate training.


The basic and intermediate classes will held at D’Midas International Mas Camp, 1619 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn.


The advanced master wire bending workshop — hosted by the Antoine International Mas Camp, 245 E. 34th St. in Brooklyn — will be held Saturdays, from March 2 to April 27. Registration is required by Feb. 28, and the intermediate bending workshop is a required prerequisite.

The basic steeband workshop will be held from April 6 through June 28. Sessions for youngsters aged 6 to 12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And classes for those ages 13 through 18 will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants must register by March 22.

To register and complete applications, contact the West Indian American Day Carnival Association at (718) 467-1797 or send email to Visit for information on the organization.

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