In recognition of the 50th anniversary of independence of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, the two nations will be honoured at the head of next week's West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn.
Actor, singer and social activist Harry Belafonte and soca sensation Machel Montano, representing Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago respectively, will lead the Labour Day carnival parade on September 3 along Eastern Parkway, from Schenectady Avenue to Grand Army Plaza.
Millions of spectators are expected to view the colourful annual procession of masqueraders and music presented by the West Indian Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) under the theme "Caribbean History, Culture and Unity".
Events leading up to the big parade are already underway as WIADCA presents four days of Caribbean carnival entertainment for children and adults.
Yesterday, "Mas, Mas and More Mas" previewed the spectacular masquerade costumes that will grace the Eastern Parkway parade route on Labour Day.
Today, the youth-focused Stay in School Concert takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features music, a fashion show and spoken word performances. This WIADCA event is designed to encourage young people to continue their education and steer clear of drugs, juvenile delinquency and gangs.
Tonight, the Brass Fest will turn the spotlight on some of the Caribbean's top entertainers including Mr Vegas, the Machel Montano HD ensemble, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, Edwin Yearwood, WCK and Krosfyah.
Saturday is Junior Carnival Day complete with its own parade from St John's Place to the Brooklyn Museum Grounds, while Panorama, the popular steelband competition, gets into full swing later that night.
On Sunday, the Dimanche Gras show is expected to light up the Brooklyn Museum stage with performances from Calypso Rose, Shadow, King Ajamu, Black Stalin, the Something Positive Dance Troupe, and more sweet steelpan sounds.