Caribbean Fever: Breaking Down the West Indian American Day Carnival

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  • Celebrate Good Times
  • A New Home
  • Welcome to Brooklyn
  • Changing of the WIADCA Guard
  • A Jam-Packed Weekend
  • 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

Welcome to Brooklyn

When the city revoked the parade’s permit in 1964 following a disturbance, the festival moved to its current home, Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, in 1969. As president of the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Carlos Lezama led the now well-established organization through many years of continued growth until he retired in 2001 at the age of 78.

(Photo: Courtesy of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association)

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