through stormy conditions before show's cancellation
New York - On Saturday September 2,
2006 the remnants of hurricane
came through New York City with a vengeance. Soaking and
battering everything in its path. Although the storm was
downgraded to a tropical depression by the time it hit the city it
still managed to pack high winds and lot of rain. The end
result was the annual "Kiddies Carnival and Steelband Panorama" were
canceled and rescheduled for the following day.
The shows promoter WIADCA instituted an unprecedented
Caribbean Festival with the Children's Carnival
starting at 11:00 a.m., the Steel Band Panorama Competition
starting at 4:00 p.m. and culminating with the Dimanche Gras show at
10:00 p.m. This meant that there would be continuous,
non-stop action - in addition to being an added bonus for the show
attendee who could now attend the latter two shows for the price of
Both the pan community and WIADCA showed
resilience and flexibility as the steelpan community was prodded out
of its normal Saturday evening routine. The earlier Sunday
start time forced the pan community to move up their time table.
In spite of the change in schedule and reduced downtime the show
went off without a hitch.
The completion of the steelband panorama was just the beginning for
WIADCA officials and Steelbands, as WIADCA officials attended to the
duties of running the Dimanche Gras show, while steelbands prepared
to take to the road for J'Ouvert as early as 2:00 a.m. on Monday.
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