The CARIBBEAN Connection - Labour Day Jam in Brooklyn!

Last Update: September 06, 2021

The Caribbean Connection To Labour Day


Labour Day (Sorry. Our Motherland is England.) is a United States federal holiday that is celebrated on the 1st Monday of September. That means today is Labour Day in the United States of America!

For Americans, it is a day that recognizes the American labour movement and the many contributions that human labourers have made to the development and accomplishments of the land of the free and brave.

For us Caribbean people though, it means Labour Day Jam, preferably in Brooklyn. To us, labouring takes on a whole different meaning on this day. We like to believe that we have successfully changed the meaning of labouring by introducing our music, dancing, food and culture throughout the USA on this day.

New Orleans and Rio Are No Competition



If there is one person I know who will back me up here, 200%, it is Hugh. That man could jam! But please do not tell him that I said that.

Yes, I know that many of you will talk about New Orleans and Rio, maybe even Nottinghill. They are no competition and I say that very respectfully.

In the Caribbean, Trinidad (not even Tobago, our sister isle) is known as the Mecca of Carnival and mother of all other Carnivals. We are so revered that people from all over the world come here to learn how to stage a real Carnival jam.

Just ask Usain Bolt.

Don't Just Watch, Join The Jam


One of the things that define our Carnival celebrations is your invitation to join the jam (and I am not talking about berries). Everyone and anyone can participate in our cultural celebrations. It would be helpful if you understand 2 basic things.

HOW TO WINE

Not to be confused with the European drink, this involves finding a sexy, flexible partner, throwing away all your inhibitions and grooving as though you are conjoined twins - or triplets. No one cares. The fewer clothes you have on or the skimpier your costume, the better.

SOCA MUSIC

This is our music. It is an amalgamation of soul and calypso. The beat can be fast or slow and usually comes with instructions such as "moving to the left", "wine on a bumsee" or "mash-up d stage".

Carnival Is How We Labour



Many will tell you that Trinis live for their Carnival. It is probably why we have been so unrelenting in making sure that almost every major city across the world has a Carnival event during the year.

That way, we can spend an entire year travelling around the world jamming to soca, somewhere. I have actually enjoyed these events on all but 1 continent.

One of my Bucket List items is to travel the world for 1 year participating in as many Caribbean Carnivals as I can.

Who Are Our WA Caribbean People?


If you are from a Caribbean island, let us know and share with us your likeness for or involvement in Carnival.

If you are connected to a Caribbean island in any way (love, marriage, genes) that applies too.

If you have ever experienced our Carnival in any event, anywhere in the world, let us know.

Better yet, if you ever "take a wine on a bumper" (not to be confused with the rear and front parts of a vehicle) to soca music, tell us about it.

Have a bumper (pun intended) week!!

Cassi

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RCanty Premium
It has been my dream to attend a Carnival celebration; however, I can never get the calendar right. 😔 I generally don’t hear about them until after the fact. Nonetheless, one day I will make it to the celebration.

P.S.: I guess I need to learn how to “wine” first!🤫🤫🤫

Canty
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
Canty, Canty, Canty!

There are a few things that you have to get here to learn and how to "wine" is one of them.
Liming is the other.

The peak of Carnival always falls during the weeks before Ash Wednesday.
The final week is the ultimate.
Planning a year in advance will help you to get good airfares and accommodation.

Whenever you are ready, we are here.

Cassi
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RCanty Premium
Okay, I got it, but did I mention I have three left feet. I'm like the Statue of Liberty when it come to dancing, stiff (very stiff). In addition, my rock don't roll.😂🤣😂
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
Canty, being stiff may serve you in good stead.
You will attract many wining women. 😉

Cassi
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Debbi26 Premium
So, is that you in that carnival outfit???? 😊

I love everything about the caribbean except the hurricanes. Ahhhh, the music....I especially love that beat. I could dance to it all night. I usually come back from the islands looking like a native. 😉. I'd love to visit again but I fear the travel restrictions will prevent that. I have my memories and the music I brought back. 😏. They'll have to do.

Thanks for sharing.

Debbi
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
That's not me, Debbi.
You can see me in one of mine on my WA profile page.

The islands are wonderful and so diverse.
Each one is different.

I am happy that you have great memories.

Thank you for sharing.
Cassi
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Dhind1 Premium
It sounds like fun. I do not think I would be appreciated in skimpy clothing, but it would be great to go and give it a whirl.

It is unlikely I will make it back to the Western hemisphere any time soon. I will have to be content to live in the East.

Thanks for the post.

Alex
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
Alex, all shapes, sizes and colours are very welcome.

Trust me.
The only thing of importance is enjoying yourself.

Perhaps one day, we will see you here.

Cassi
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Dhind1 Premium
I would like that. I got into my chosen career because it offered travel along with work. I love to travel and see new things.

Sadly, the last 16 years were spent in one place with limited opportunities for travel, except back to see family.

Maybe I will start again soon.

Alex
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
That would be great, Alex.
We love to travel also and, like you, I have been all around the world.

I cannot imagine my life without travel in it.

Thank you for sharing.
Cassi
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Jessiefido Premium
You certainly know how to have a party there Cassi!

My only trip to the Caribbean to date, was the Dominican Republic, and the locals there certainly knew how to party!

But, having a Brazilian wife and living seven years in Brazil, the carnival atmosphere there was/is, the best I have ever experienced!

I have no doubt that Trinidad could rival it, but to be sure I need to experience it first hand!

I intend to get there one day my friend! Have a great start to the week!:-)
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
Nick, Rio's Carnival is magnificent!
What makes ours so special is that anyone can get a costume and join in the street parties with the bands.

I know that people have died from all the revelry in Brazil.

We would be happy to welcome you.

Enjoy your week.
Cassi
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Jessiefido Premium
Brazil is not the safest country in the World at the best of times Cassi.

I would be happy to accept your wonderful welcome to my friend!
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