3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival in The Rockaways This Saturday!


Get ready to jump up and wine down to island beats at the 3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways this Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Far Rockaway. The Caribbean Carnival, sponsored by Senator James Sanders Jr.’s office, draws thousands, and this year even more are expected, especially with Trinidad and Tobago’s Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Anslem Douglas, known as the mastermind behind the hit song, “Who Let The Dogs Out.” 

“We are going to have some fun,” Sanders Jr. said. “We are going to be celebrating all of the Rockaways, but we will be particularly highlighting the contributions of the Caribbean community in America.”

In the Caribbean and South American countries such as Brazil, Carnival or “Carnaval” is celebrated before the commencement of the Lenten season. Historically it is known to be a season of festive abandonment extending from Christmas to Ash Wednesday. Today, it is celebrated with massive costumed parades and music. It has since spread to states all over the U.S., Canada, England and Europe.

Well, this Saturday’s Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaway will certainly be no exception to the artistry and togetherness that is celebrated all over. The parade of revelers kicks off at Beach 20th Street and Seagirt Blvd., and will feature a bevy of floats, steel pan bands, moko jumbies, and masqueraders. Then at Bayswater Park (located at 701 Beach 32nd Street), join folks waving their Caribbean flags at the live outdoor fete featuring West Indian music artists: HeidiBe, Idika Rocks, Dre Q and Foundation Band, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist, Kemar Bailey, Fasol Band, reggae sensation Bigga Haitian and headliner, Anslem Douglas.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costume, so come out in your fully-feathered regalia! Also, get your appetite ready as there will be a variety of food vendors tantalizing attendees with a cornucopia of cuisine from all over the Caribbean. If you plan on sticking around for a while, it is recommended to bring your own chair.

“There will be good food, good company. Come and make a friend,” Sanders said. “We are going to have a ball.”

The 3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways is presented in partnership with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), New York City Parks Department, New York Police Department’s 101st Police Precinct, Midday Medley 93.5 FM, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, The Wave and the Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways Committee members.

So, no need to travel to experience a Caribbean Carnival. This Saturday, you can revel right here in Rockaway.

For more information, contact the Senator’s office at 718-523-3069 or visit Facebook page: 3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways.