NEW YORK, USA -- Despite threats of heavy thunderstorms, hundreds of Grenadians converged on St Andrew’s Park in Brooklyn, New York, for the Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day.
The annual event is jointly organised by the Consulate-General of Grenada in New York and the Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique United (GRENCAP).
Graced with the presence of accredited diplomats in New York, including Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dessima Williams, Consul General Derrick James, Grenadian-born Assistant Commissioner NYC Department of Small Business Services, Gregg Bishop and Council Member Jumaane Williams (of Grenadian parents), the activities included performances by Edson “King Ajamu” Mitchell, Kevin Rougier, Elimus “Inspector” Gilbert, Ijeal Joseph, and the Spice Isle Rhythm Jammers, among others.
Scores of stalls provided Grenadian cuisine as well as the showcasing of fancy mas costumes and art and craft.
“One of the few occasions we get in New York where Grenadians and their friends can come together and experience our culture, away from home,” said Roy McKenzie, president of GRENCAP United.
Grenadians also had the opportunity to meet a number of their countrymen who either own or manage businesses in the city, including assistant commissioner Bishop (NYC Small Business Services).
“Grenadians continue to demonstrate their appreciation for their heritage and culture and this year was no exception,” said Consul General James.
“The initial feedback we are getting is that this activity allows Grenadians to sample the many local dishes as well as to meet friends and get a prelude to Spice Mas in August,” he said.
He said that, like previous years, the committee will work on the shortcomings to make the next edition, scheduled for Sunday July 14, 2013, more entertaining.
GRENCAP expressed thanks to many of the individuals, groups, organisations and city agencies, including the New York Police Department, which supported this year’s event.