Jersey City Statewide Carnival spirit fills the air

Cheryl DB Murphey, founder/CEO Jersey City West Indian/Caribbean Carnival Association, Inc. (fifth from left standing), with Grand Marshals at the limited celebration of the 26th Annual event.

Despite a surge in the new Delta variant of the coronavirus, Cheryl DB Murphy, founder/president of the Jersey City West Indian/Caribbean Carnival Association, Inc. staged, the grand Finale “21 Carnival Season Keys to the Rhythm 12-hour Grand Marshal Carnival Roaming Relay,” to celebrate the event’s 26th anniversary.

Murphy, a tireless promoter of the diverse culture in Jersey City, said the JC Statewide Carnival was magical. “We were able to celebrate 26 years “Building Community Together” keeping our Carnival traditions, the spirit, people, energy, and revelry, with everyone being safe in the midst of the pandemic.

The Grand Marshall Carnival Relay, throughout the state of New Jersey from 9 am – 9 pm, saluted the entire Honoree Grand Marshall Class of 2021.

Murphy, especially applauded luminaries, on location Grand Marshal hosts, poet Laureate Susan Justiniaro, Broker Tonya Keyes, Nikki Amos, Artist Christopher Mack & Cheryl Mack, Tina Nalis, Frank Gilmore, Eddie Baez, Joseph Cameron & JC Pride Family.

She also thanked Erica Carrington, all supporters, volunteers, and directors, saying it was a truly a magical season hosting virtual monthly events, from March – July 2021.

The limited carnival celebration included live entertainment of a drumming circle, Tassa drumming and steel panist, Grand Marshal Sterling Sample.

Additionally, the event brought together a limited group, at a Breakfast morning, Day and evening Lime with Deejay Master Blaster, DJ Tim, and DJ Serena Mari Mercado & DJ Daniel Scala, and DJ Deep Just Aquabeat, for an exciting finish to the season.

Murphy, whose organization promotes arts, culture, education, health, business and fashion throughout the year, and raising the flag at Jersey City Hall on CARICOM Day, congratulated the “21 Carnival Season Keys to Rhythm, and announced the winners.

First prize went to Tired Night Lime GM ’19 Eddie Baez, GM “21 Joseph Cameron — Jersey City Pride.

Tired Day Lime GM “21 Nikki Amos, copped the second prize, while the third prize went to Tired Afternoon Lime, GM “21 Cheryl & GM “21 Artist Christopher Mack.

Correction: In caption Cheryl DB Murphy is fifth from left and not seventh as previously indicated.

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