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Greetings On-Line Family:


This weekend will be electrifying in our area (DC, MD & VA), because the Caribbean Carnival is here!  Yup...it takes place this weekend on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29th.  I have talked about Carnival on many occasions, but some of you may still ask "What is Carnival"?  To the folks who are aware of what I'm talking about, abide with me for a moment while I explain Carnival to the folks who are unaware of it.  

Please note this week I will veer off my usual format to focus on this "BIG" Carnival Weekend in Washington DC.


    Carnival is fun; Carnival is a show - a show of culture; Carnival is big business; Carnival is "bacchanal" (meaning: crowd goes wild in a concert, party, etc., crazy, out of control, nothing but madness, mass confusion, and is exclusively used in Trinidad and Tobago.)

Carnival (The Caribbean Carnival) is similar to the Mardi Gras that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  However, "Carnival" within the Caribbean is described as a festival - "a festival full of colors" transformed into costumes or "Mas" (short for masquerade); full of music (all types), but mostly calypso, soca, steel band music, iron sections and even reggae; full of dance; an array of ethnic foods as well as Caribbean art.  Some people describe Carnival as a form of freedom of just letting oneself go on the day/s of the event, and enjoying the music, the parties...just having  FUN!!! FUN!!! FUN!!!  I must not leave out drinking, because at home in my country there is lots of drinking.

Yes, Carnival is indeed a lot of fun that attracts millions of people from around the globe, and it has become a huge year-round business entity in America.  It allows each culture to pay tribute to, and expose their art form in the cities where the Carnival is held; it provides enjoyment to millions of people and revenues to businesses year round; and for the cities it is held in, it increases tourism and generates revenue for city governments.  Unlike in the Caribbean where Carnival is part of the culture, here in America it's more a showcase of the culture.

One of the most important aspect of Carnival is "The Parade".  Which is the actual parade of each Masquerade Band (along a route/street that is authorized by the city in which the carnival is being held. ) These Masquerade Bands can be described as the entertainment, because as they parade along the route adorned in costumes the participants dance and showcase all aspects of their individual costume.  This aspect of Carnival is breath-taking at times because of the beauty and creativity of these masquerade bands and its leaders.

The "Parade" is followed by a "Concert" that takes place at the end of the parade route, where singers from various Caribbean islands perform and entertain the people in attendance.  At this location (where the parade ends) vendors sell an array of Caribbean Foods and Crafts, and the fun continues there until it's time to close for the day.  

Carnival is indeed a show, but keep in mind it's an interactive show in which everyone is encouraged to participate.

I am hopeful that now, you might be able to imagine what a Carnival is, and how exciting it is.  For me (now that I have resigned from being a part of the Carnival Organizing Committee) it's just a time to relax and really enjoy the beauty of it all, and feel a sense of pride that my culture is being exposed.  

I must admit last year I missed being such an essential part of things, but I did appreciate the beauty I had not seen for years while being on the committee and working my "behind off".

This year I will indeed be celebrating the finale of Caribbean-American Heritage Month by attending Carnival, as well as Black Music Month (with all the music on the parade route) during Carnival.

There will be lots of events surrounding Carnival taking place this weekend, but unfortunately non of them includes our Soca King Machal Montano.  Never-the-less there are many other Soca stars (singers and bands) performing at different fetes (parties) around DC and Maryland.  Below you will find we have featured a few fetes and events that are being thrown by some of our business associates, and some who are like family (Brother and Sisters Lara)

If you are in town, or coming into town for DC Caribbean Carnival, you will be in for a treat.  Come early and bring the entire family.  Make sure you get to the parade route (beginning at Georgia and Missouri Avenues) at 11:00 am so you can follow the bands as they parade the 3 miles to Bennekar Park.  If you are not playing mas, then find a cool spot along Georgia Avenue and watch the greatest show that ever hit Washington DC.   Stay after the parade and enjoy the festivities inside the park (live performances, food and craft vendors.)  

You must also come back out to the park on Sunday for the Carnival finale "A Caribbean Concert and Family Day" with great performances, foods, crafts, and tons of fun and an unforgettable experience.

Stock up on your energy drinks because there will be no time for sleep this weekend (if you do it right)!!!!   Below is some very important information for the masqueraders from the organizers of DC Caribbean Carnival.  

(1)  IN-CASE AN EMERGENCY OCCURS:  All DJs will be instructed to have the left lane cleared along the parade route to facilitate movement by emergency vehicles. DJ's MUST stop music and assist in clearing left lane.
(2) NO ONE is allowed to climb on or off vehicles while it is in motion.
(3) MASQUERADERS are required to follow the directives of the parade marshals. 

(4) ALCOHOL: It is against the law to consume alcohol in public in the District of Columbia without a permit.  That means drinking along the parade route could lead to confiscation or your arrest. NO ALCOHOL in the Band.

Please note that these Rules and Regulations will be strictly adhered to and enforced by the Metropolitan Police Department!

Featured Carnival Events Taking Place This Weekend!






Caribbeana's 20th Caribbean Comedy Festival

For more events, log on to DC Carnival's Site at www.dccaribbeancarnival.org 

To PanMasters Steel Orchestra we congratulate you on your outstanding and successful Calypso Monarch Show.  We tried to attend but was unable to find parking at the venue, therefore we missed this exciting show.  From all the reports and comments, we understood it was absolutely excellent.  Congratulations to the winners: 1st Place is Dexter Mohammed "D-Culture"; 2nd Place is Anthony Hoyte "Algee"; and 3rd Place is Nolan Daniel "Poison Dart".

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (June) -   Celebrating it's 2nd Anniversary! 

Two years ago, in the 109th Congress both the House and Senate unanimously approved H.Con.Res.71, a measured introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), on June 5, 2006 President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating June as Caribbean - American Heritage Month.  This proclamation acknowledges the growing political and economic influence of the Caribbean Diaspora and its importance and contribution to the development of the cultural diversity of the United States. 

Please check our "Events" Page for what's going on in our area.    June 27th, - A Youth Leadership Institute on International Development will take place.  For all the details on these events log on to: http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org or click the banner below.

June is Black Music Month

This is the 29th year that "Black Music Month" is celebrated nationally.  President Jimmy Carter designed June "Black History Month" in 1979 and to this day President Bush continues to issue an annual Black Music Month proclamation.  During this month we are afforded the opportunity to  recognize the many black music genres throughout time such as Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop.  Additionally, during this time we celebrate the contributions black singers, composers, writers, producers and musicians have made in the history of music.  



Thanks to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important information.  Most importantly I thank you for your encouraging words!  So until next week...and please enjoy this Weekend!!

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Check out our "Featured Events" listed below.  Many are taking place this weekend, so log on to our "Events Page" above to view all the events, and please go out and Support!

Also, there are several taking place next weekend and beyond, so to view all the Events please log on to our "Events" Page above!


IceWeEZONThePocket6.27.08.jpg (27480 bytes)Don't forget this Friday, June 27th is "WE EZ ON DE POCKET" fete  taking place in Hyattsville Maryland at Soca City.  (The larger flyer is above and it can also be found on our "Events" Page, or you can click this mini flyer to enlarge.) 



June 28, 2008

Camp Springs, Maryland

Poets & Artists for Obama (Fundraising)


Join socially-conscious poets, Sistah Joy, "Brenardo", and Pat Smith as they partner with gallery owners Leon Durham and Kevin Hicks to present "POETS AND ARTISTS FOR OBAMA - A Fundraiser."

Listen to Poetry and live Jazz by artists who support Democratic Presidential Nominee, Barack Obama.

View and purchase art from a variety of artists including Tim Hinton at Annie's Art Gallery.

Artists will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Obama Campaign.

Be recognized as a host of the reception. Bring 10 people and let Sistah Joy know who they are.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction.

$10 minimum donation for Obama at the door. Checks should be made payable to Obama for America

Questions about Annie's Art Gallery call 301.449.9588 or visit www.anniesartgallery.net.

Free refreshments and parking.

Casual chic or Afro-centric attire.

Time: Saturday, June 28 at 6:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Host: Sistah Joy Alford
Annie's Art Gallery (Camp Springs, MD)
5814 Allentown Way
Camp Springs, MD 20748




Saturday, June 28th - it's the "95% Red" fete by "Brother and Sisters Lara" taking place in Washington DC.  (The larger flyer is above and it can also be found on our "Events" Page, or you can click this mini flyer to enlarge.) 




IceBlackWhiteFete6.28.08.jpg (60764 bytes) "Black and White" Fete featuring Ricky T at Soca City in Hyattsville, Maryland  (The larger flyer is above and it can also be found on our "Events" Page, or you can click this mini flyer to enlarge.) 


caribbeanas20thComedyFestivalF.jpg (94158 bytes)  Sunday, June 29th will be Caribbeana's 20th Caribbean Comedy Festival.  It will take place at the Crampton Auditorium at Howard University.  Join Von Martin as he celebrate the 20th year of his festival.  (The larger flyer is above and it can also be found on our "Events" Page, or you can click this mini flyer to enlarge.) 

For More events, feel free to log on to DC Carnival's site @ www.dccaribbeancarnival.org 


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