New York Steel Band Panorama 2005
WIADCA / Brooklyn Museum host
Pre- Labor Day Carnival Exposť
Pan Night and Day
Sonatas, Pantonic, Women In
Brooklyn, New York -
Anytime heavyweights like Sonatas Steel Orchestra the 2004 NY champions, and Pantonic
former three-time consecutive-champions come together, it is going to be an
interesting event. This time the place was in front of New York's famous
historical landmark the Brooklyn Museum, and it was part of an event produced
by WIADCA (West Indian American Day Carnival Association) in
conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum. WIADCA is the organizer and promoter
of the Caribbean parade and carnival activities for the New York Labor Day weekend.
Rounding out the line up for the evening were Women In Steel and Sesame Flyers. WIADCA also announced its events' schedules for the 2005 carnival weekend.
The large crowd that was present clearly enjoyed itself.
President of WIADCA
At the Brooklyn Museumís First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy
free programs of art and entertainment
on the first Saturday of each month. On such Saturdays, the Museum is open
and free to
the public from 5 to 11 PM. Galleries,
cafes, and bars are accessible, and free special events are programmed, including
a family art activity, gallery talks,
films, live music, and a dance party.
Aiming for a full preview of what is in store for the 2005 Labor Day event
and week of activities leading up to it, the WIADCA-organized included
several other elements. Stilt walkers or 'moko jumbies' also
thrilled the crowd, especially the more awestruck youngsters who accompanied
their families. And available to whet the appetite of prospective
masqueraders were representatives from some of the bands which will be
taking the parade route along Eastern Parkway this year on Labor Day.
Music band 'The Renegades' also performed during the afternoon's activities.
The beautiful weather held up its end of the bargain, which was just as
well, so that the families present could allow their young ones to run
around freely until the music program got off to a bit of a late
start. Sonatas began playing around 5:00 PM, followed by Women In
Steel. The Renegades, who set things in motion shortly before Sonatas,
interspersed musically between the orchestras. With the program
scheduled to end promptly at 7:00 PM, the sets performed by the steel
orchestras were much shorter than usual. None of the four bands
present played for longer than twenty minutes, or more than five selections.
It was definitely a First Saturday with a difference. Summery weather,
sun, steel, soca, and song, together with the taste of costumed revelry, set
the tone for the days and nights to come, including the week leading into the Labor Day weekend celebrations.
Saturday August 6, 2005