Caribbean Fever: Breaking Down the West Indian American Day Carnival

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  • Early Birds Get the Party Started
  • A Winding Route
  • Island Tunes
  • Some Food and Fashion on the Side
  • Around the World
  • The Cops & Carnival
  • Violence Eclipses Past Parades
  • Stay Safe and Have Fun
  • Celebrate Good Times
  • A New Home
  • Welcome to Brooklyn
  • Changing of the WIADCA Guard
  • A Jam-Packed Weekend

Island Tunes

Music plays a significant role in the carnival. Calypso, soca, rap, reggae and several genres stemming from Caribbean culture connect the U.S.-based event to the islands from which it blossomed. During the popular Panorama competition, steel bands battle one another in the biggest and most skilled steel drum rivalry outside of Trinidad.

(Photo: Alexandra Winkler/Landov)

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