CARICABELA Los Angeles Carnival Road Show Rocked Westchester

CARICABELA’s ten day celebration took the Southland on a virtual cruise down the Caribbean with carnival themed events throughout the City.

Jump Synergy Los Angeles Carnival 2010. Photo by Leo Gilling

Los Angeles, CA – The City of Westchester rocked to the rhythm of the Caribbean on Sunday October 17th, 2010 as the Los Angeles Carnival Road Show roared to life down Manchester Avenue, and paraded around the perimeters of Westchester Park.

The heavy drizzle which kept some spectators indoors, did not dampen the spirit or the energy of the revelers or the enthusiastic audience who gathered to watch or dance along the parade route with the hypnotic road show. Radio personality Nautica de la Cruz delighted the audience and provided some Latin Caribbean flavor in the role of Los Angeles Carnival’s 2010 Grand Marshal. The vibrant and colorful carnival road show marked the culmination of CARICABELA 2010, an event that celebrates the cultural, artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of the Caribbean-American Community in the Western United States

CARICABELA’s ten day celebration took the Southland on a virtual cruise down the Caribbean with carnival themed events throughout the City, sponsored or produced by many of the Los Angeles Carnival Band leaders, including 3NI Productions, Jump Synergy, Trinifeters, Regulaz Entertainment, USC Caribbean Students, and Belizean Vixens.

A myriad of Caribbean restaurants and business establishments hosted or sponsored events and performances representing Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Belize, Cuba, Belize, Guyana, Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the USA, to name a few. The highlight of CARICABELA however, was the Carnival Road Show and Family Festival in Westchester Park, which brought Caribbean American families, friends and supporters of all ages and persuasions together to celebrate a common heritage.

The centerpiece of the family festival in the park was the presentation of bands. The perimeter of Westchester Park was adorned with beauty as each band entered the park, then circled the grounds, displaying their beautiful costumes and hypnotic dancing for the appreciative audience waiting in the park. Each band then gave an energetic presentation on stage, competing for various prizes. The audience braved the continuing heavy drizzle to cheer and participate as 3NI Productions, Jump Synergy, Belizean Vixens, Trinifeters, Joyce Productions and other bands kept the crowds enthralled with magnificent performances and costumes.

Award winners include Belizean Vixens as Best New Band, Joyce Productions winning both Band of the Year and Biggest Band. The Heritage Award went to Chandra Castillo Chase of Jump Synergy. The Heritage Award is awarded to a Band Leader who has produced and premiered original traditional carnival costumes at the Los Angeles Carnival for three consecutive years. In addition to the revelry of the carnival bands and costumes, the hypnotic aromas of curried goat, fried plantains, jerk chicken, and roti, filled the park as the audience satisfied their hungry taste buds and fellowshipped with friends and family.

The enjoyment displayed by the diverse Southern California communities represented in the park, warmed the hearts of everyone who stood in the drizzle for hours to celebrate their diverse blends of ethnicities, languages and cultures together. The estimate crowd of 3,000 danced non-stop to the sounds of Soca, Calypso, Punta, Reggae and steel drums till dusk. CARICABELA Los Angeles Carnival has been supported for the past eight years, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, sponsored by International Eye, Los Angeles, a 501(c)3 corporation for the visual, performing and cultural arts and produced by MARIKEL International. Other notable 2010 supporters included Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine and Five Star Transportation of Westchester, Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant, Crell Accounting and Bookkeeping and various community organizations. Despite the heavy drizzle throughout the day, which created some logistic mis-steps and gave the event a late start, the 2010 CARICABELA Los Angeles Carnival Road Show was a smashing success.

The continued growth in the size of the Road Show and the loyalty of community members who turn out each year to be a part of the celebration, illustrate the community’s appreciation for the event which, which is the largest such gathering for the Caribbean American Community in Southern California. The dancers, revelers and performers have left everyone wanting more, so get ready California, Los Angeles Carnival Road show will be coming in 2011…and you are invited, because the 2K11 CARICABELA Carnival Road Show will be off the chain…because it is without doubt the most fun street party in L.A!

For information, call CARICABELA Los Angeles Carnival (310) 410-0174, or email losangelescarnival@hotmail.com or caricabela@aol.com or www.losangelescarnival.com

3 Responses to “CARICABELA Los Angeles Carnival Road Show Rocked Westchester”

  1. it is always great to see my people enjoy them self. The best time I have had has been in Anguilla for its summer festival.

  2. Much love and respect from Trini west we enjoyed it….

  3. Will be at the next carnival so follow us on instagram people much much love!

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