Westchester will receive a colorful dose of Caribbean arts and culture as the Los Angeles Carnival comes to Manchester Avenue on Sunday, October 15th.
Organized by the group Caricabela as part of Caribbean Heritage Celebration Week, the event features costumed revelers parading down the avenue to the island sounds of soca, calypso, punta and steel drumming.
Los Angeles Carnival is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 15th, assembling behind Emerson Adult School at 88th Street and Liberator Avenue in Westchester. The procession begins to march (and sing and dance) at 11 a.m. and heads west on Manchester Avenue to Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave., Westchester. Admission is free for spectators. Participation in the parade is $15 per person.
In the Caribbean, a festival like the Los Angeles Carnival would be called a “mas,” short for masquerade.
Many of the dancers and revelers create their own elaborate costumes in the style of traditional Caribbean pageantry. The costumes are vibrant and colorful, with shimmering, flowing fabrics and unfurling feathers, beads and garlands. Each cluster of revelers has a “king” and “queen” dressed in the most elaborate costumes.
CARIBBEAN-LATIN FEST—Local Caribbean Heritage Celebration Week festivities begin on Saturday, October 14th, the day before the Los Angeles Carnival, with a Caribbean-Latin Folk and Heritage Festival, serving as a precursor to the Los Angeles Carnival and taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 14th, at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave., Westchester. The family festival will feature musical performances by Afro-Cuban rhythm group Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, and Dutchy’s Caribbean Tropicanas. Latin jazz, calypso and reggae music will be played throughout the day and arts and crafts workshops and Caribbean-themed activities will be held throughout the day. A special Youth on Parade Showcase of children who developed their own Caribbean costumes and dance routines will be held at the festival.
Caribbean cuisine galore — curried goat, fried plantains, jerk chicken, roti, rum cake, sorrel and maubey drinks — will be sold at the event.
Caribbean Heritage Celebration Week is meant to highlight and celebrate the contributions of the Caribbean-American community to the economic, cultural, political and social fabric of the Los Angeles area and the United States as a whole.
Caricabela was founded in 1994 by Marie Kellier, a teacher at Crossroads School, a private high school in Santa Monica. Kellier is also a documentary filmmaker.
Information, (310) 410-0174.