ribbon cutting

By Sam Bojarski

A Sept. 1 ribbon-cutting by WIADCA board members, elected officials and community leaders signifies the start of Carnival 2020. Photo by Sam Bojarski

The coronavirus pandemic might mean no parade down Eastern Parkway. But it hasn’t stopped people from celebrating Carnival virtually.

“It’s a chance for us to represent our culture,” Flatbush resident and teacher Rita Joseph said, about the importance of Carnival. “We also have to adapt to our new reality with COVID-19.”  

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), which has planned Carnival celebrations in Brooklyn for 53 years, organized two virtual events for Labor Day weekend. NY Carnival Brass Fest on Sept. 4 featured Haitian konpa favorite Tabou Combo. Labor Day, Sept. 7, is the all-day “One Love” Virtual Road celebration. Tune in live on WIADCA’s Facebook page


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Sam Bojarski

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...