The Cultural Association of Vincentians in the USA (CAVUSA), the cultural arm of the SVG Diaspora Committee of NY Inc., will host a simultaneous launch of Vincy Mas in New York on Saturday at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center on 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn NY 11216.
The launch coincides with the official launch of carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
Vincy Mas, the premier cultural festival in SVG, which is dubbed the “hottest carnival in the Caribbean”, runs from June 29 to July 10.
The New York launch will take the form of a day-long festival that is being dubbed “A Taste of Vincy Mas”, with live performances by a pan side and individual pannists, calypsonians, soca artistes, and costume displays by masqueraders.
There will be tabling by promoters of activities for this year’s Vincy Mas. Patrons will also have an opportunity to view the various mas band offerings for the carnival.
Vincentian foods and drinks will be available, along with displays from the SVG tourism office and Caribbean Airlines, the official carrier to Vincy Mas 2018. There will also be activities for children, including costume mask making.
Chair of the planning committee, Atiba Williams, said: “Anyone attending the launch in New York can expect a great event that will encourage them to book their flights to SVG immediately for Vincy Mas”.
The event is free, with food and drinks on sale.
The Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) and the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have endorsed the New York launch of Vincy Mas.
Patrons at the event will have the opportunity to win carnival show packages and other prizes. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m., with various performances taking place throughout the day.
Portions of the event will be broadcast live via Facebook.