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Clarke’s Celebrates the West Indian American Day Festival

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement in celebration of the West-Indian American Day Carnival:

“As a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in my Caribbean heritage, I take great pride in celebrating the West-Indian American Day Carnival.

“Since the first gathering in 1964, the West-Indian American Day Carnival has provided residents throughout Brooklyn and the surrounding area an opportunity to celebrate their Caribbean heritage. Additionally, the parade allows us to honor the contributions West-Indian Americans have made to the community and strengthens our unique pan-Caribbean identity. This could not be possible without the tireless efforts of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

“The festive atmosphere full of music and colorful costume attracts between 1 and 3 million visitors annually. Furthermore, the carnival contributes millions of dollars each year to the local economy.

“As we celebrate this event, we must continue to work and strengthen U.S. relations with our allies in the Caribbean. An important part of this is Haiti, which will continue to need our assistance and support in the reconstruction following January’s devastating earthquake.

“Today, I encourage all of us to reflect on our shared experiences and interwoven cultures, and celebrate the influence and contributions Caribbean-Americans have made in our society, government, and culture.”