Carnival Royalty

Tommy (right) and masqueraders from 2013 Large Band of the Year champions Ramajay playing mas on Eastern Parkway in the Labor Day Parade.
Photo by William Farrington

Brooklyn came alive during Labor Day weekend with music from across the islands taking over. Revellers poured into Brooklyn giving visitors and residents alike a taste of what they have been missing throughout the year. There were endless choices of food to enjoy; something for everyone. Performers from the Caribbean descended onto Brooklyn giving self-proclaimed feters the performances they were waiting for all year. Soca king, Machel Montano “fogged up the place” with his Trinidad carnival hits at the back of Brooklyn Museum. The days leading up to what has been deemed “The greatest show on Earth” can be described as pure excitement. However, if you avoided the crowds and the rain in exchange for peace and sleep, there is always next year.

In this year’s Carnival mas band competition, first place for Ole Mas band went to BG Production’s portrayal of “Keeping Calypso Alive.” Kay Mason of Borokeete portraying “Celebration of Darkness to Light” won the Queen of Carnival title while Shawn Antenor of D’Midas International portraying “Musica the Spirit of Lake Guatavit” was awarded the King of Carnival title. First place adult small band went to Val Adams & Friends portrayal of “Shortknee 500 Strong.” First place in the adult medium band category went to T&T Boyz portrayal of “Eruption.” Ramajay Mas took home first place in the adult large band category with their portrayal of “Reflections of Carnival: Then & Now.”

More from Around NYC