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The feeling of Labor Day in New York is as damp as the Grand E'tang/Mount St. Catherine area in Grenada. No vibes, or any signs of the West Indian Carnival of Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. That great feeling of the WIP had been lost for a few years now.
Over two decades ago, and for a long time after that, one could've felt the spirit of "Labor Day" weeks before it did arrived. To back that up, almost every car that was driven by a West Indian had sweet soca and endless reggae music playing in them. Your heart trembled immensely, when they drove pass you. You saw flags from the various islands flying high on the rooftops of most of the cars on the streets that went by. The flags depiced the nationality of the drivers. Some cars had more than one isl flag from the islands on them; which told you that the drivers of those cars must have had parents that hailed from two different islands.
The flags on the cars looked good, but the most beautiful one of them all has always been the Grenadian flag, with its red, yellow, and green colors, and the Nutmeg displayed boldly, and sat down well, in the center of it!
The sightings of all these spectacular moments is no longer a sight to behold, for fear of terrorism!
There is a downturn in the way Labor Day is celebrated by the West Indians in New York. Many had blamed it on the bombings of the World Trade Center in 2001. The bombings of the WTC had caused the authority of New York to looked hard at the terrorists activities, which they said "is always a threat to the State of New York." So, it's a case scenario where Peter has to pay for Paul, in spite that everyone knows who Paul is, and his capability of inflicting serious pain in the lives of the innocent ones in some parts of the world.
In a way, the West Indian people in New York is the cowardly set of people one could ever dreamed of. They know more about living in Peace than making war! The time for their carnival in New York shouldn't be downtrodden, by the authority of New York City, because of the fear they have of most folks from the Middle Eastern block. It's absorb to even think of the West Indian people in New York as such.
West Indian folks love their carnival, but they are great law abiding people. As hard as it might be for them to have their parade on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn cut-off time at 6pm, they'll come out in doves to highlight their tradition, and love for Mass. But the feeling they'd for enjoying their time on the Parkway has been slow down for them, by those who doesn't comprehend their way of life. But, say what? They say that "when you're living in Rome, do as the Romans do!"
But, the dead spirit of the days leading up to the Labor Day West Indian Parade on Eastern Parkway has indeed caused many people in the last few years to refrain from even going on the Parkway on Labor Day. And, that, to me, isn't good for the economy of New York. They been losing lots of needed funds that would've helped the State of New York to improve on the education for our children, and medical services to the poorest set of its citizens.
But I guess that the politicians here in New York set their priority on the security of the residents, and they're staying true to it.
However, the runnings on Eastern Parkway will meet with over three million people from all over the world. In spite of the dead feeling one has now, leading up to the West Indian Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 02nd, 2013.
The downward trend of the Labor Day Parade, I believe is a direct reaction from the actions of our very own people/decendants of our people whose main intention is to go on the parkway to harm/kill people. Truly, our culture is far from the association to global terrorism like the Middle Easterners, however with such babarism on their very own kind intentionally and/or unintentionally, who have gathered to celebrate this festivity, is certainly a cause for drastic and imminent measures to be enforced. Too many shooting/innocent killing I applaud the authorities for their actions.............. cut it shorter/off/out.
Thank you, Keon, for penning what many others like myself also feel.
In addition to the wanton shootings, the beauty and sheer pleasure of what "Labor Day on the Parkway in Brooklyn" used to be, from my perspective is rapidly becoming more and more of a disillusionment.
But take heart, for one of the saving graces that still remains incident free, is the amusement and enjoyment of our islands' culture at the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum on the Sunday night preceding carnival. Beginning with this year's T&T calypso monarch, the Pink Panther, who had the crowd roaring with "Errors in print"(?), and ending with the master performer, David Rudder, the performers entertained the crowd more than well enough to have me especially looking forward to next year.
I couldn't disagreed with you on that. We're spoilers of our own 'good times'! I've witnessed other ethnic grouos and their outdoor festivities, which are absolutely incidents free, at the end of it. Having on you a gun/knife/ or, any other kinds of weapons in a dance/parade/public parks, ec.cetera, is insane, and confusing to most people. It could never be comprehened, by just one look at it!