As much as I love Carnival, I can’t stand the parade in NY. Once you experience Trini carnival, you realize the big difference. There are probably some good events going on, but the news is always showing some kind of violence during the West Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day Weekend. Even though I don’t go to the parade, I is ah fêter (in my best Benjai voice). Here are all the fetes I found myself in Labor Day Weekend
In celebration of my cousin’s birthday, I went to the 760 Rooftop to see a performance by NBC’s The Voice winner Tessanne Chin. We caught a glimpse of the Jamaican songstress along with Shaggy, Kes, Wayne Marshall and other performers, but I left around 3 and nobody came to the stage. No loss for me, I got in free.
The afternoon was spent at The Original Cooler Fete with Marcus Crew, not too far from the Flatbush Junction. Two floors, nice venue, but talk about hot! I honestly enjoyed every minute of it though. One minus was the fact that it was a cooler fete, but NO COOLERS ALLOWED (what?). There was also no ice permitted *side eye*. Luckily, I went with smart women and we ended up loading the ice in out chasers and funneled the drinks in. Problem solved.
I celebrated J’ourvet at the well known Powder Fete around the corner from Soca Village on Ralph. This was my first j’ourvet in NY and I had a time! A combo of paint, powder, good friends, good vibes and performances by Soca artists Talpree and Skinny Bonton made it exceptionally fun.
Three down, one more to go. Our last outing was to see Mr. Fete himself Machel Montano at Pulse 48. When we walked in, we saw the last portion of Grenadian artist Mr. Killa and Dancehall King Beenie Man’s performance. Having seen Machel perform many times before, I found this performance very rushed. It was his last show for Labor Day weekend and it felt that way. He himself said this Labor Day was his busiest yet. Between performing, he promoted his new hat line at the New Era store in SoHo and did several radio interviews. All in all, it was a great weekend and I felt it the next morning. I eventually was wiped out by the end of the week. That’s expected during carnival time though…Right?
Did you celebrate any of the festivities for Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn?