Congresswoman Plaskett, a Member of the House Ways and Means, Budget and Agriculture Committees released the following statement announcing the invitation by West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) to lead as one of the Grand Marshals for the historic West Indian/Caribbean American Labor Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, September 5th:
“New York’s Caribbean American Labor Day Carnival is the largest cultural event in the United States and Canada, commanding an attendance of approximately 2 million people, with one million tourists coming from all over the USA, Canada, and around the world each year. This year’s celebration is the first one of its kinds since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be particularly special since New York was the epicenter of the COVID outbreak. We expect a record turnout of individuals ready to celebrate the beauty and significance of Caribbean culture.
“As a proud Crucian, Caribbean American and Brooklynite, I am extremely proud to have been chosen as one of the Grand Marshals of this year’s parade. New York has long been a rich epicenter of Caribbean families and our collective culture with multiple layers of Caribbean heritage that contribute to the arts, music, history, and cultural identity of this part of the United States.
“Throughout the weekend, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will host various events throughout Brooklyn, including concerts, picnics, and of course, the historic Labor Day Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway.
“I would like to thank the WIADCA Board of Directors, Members and Advisory committee for this opportunity. I look forward to joining New York Governor Kathy Hochul, along with Mayor Eric Adams to cut the ribbon and officially begin this year’s Labor Day Carnival Parade on Monday.”