Janice Lawrence-Clarke of JLC Productions, uses Caribbean culture and New York City’s fashion capital status as tools to achieve its social mission, and create a fashion runway on Eastern Parkway

CARNIVAL 2017: Masqueraders blend color and causes..by JARED MCCALLISTER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS- Thursday, August 31, 2017, 4:00 AM


Janice Lawrence-Clarke of JLC Productions, uses Caribbean culture and New York City’s fashion capital status as tools to achieve its social mission, and create a fashion runway on Eastern Parkway

Royal blue and plaid silk taffeta cape and gown by Chicago-based fashion African-American designer Bryan K. Osburn, part of the CAFE’s “Mas in Fashion – A Fashion Parade Against Human Traffiking” presentation for the 2017 New York Caribbean Carnival. (CAFE – THE CARIBBEAN AMERICAN FASHION EXCHANGE)

At times, along the New York Caribbean Carnival Parade route, music blares and singers wail, but the loudest element by far is the cascade of colorful, elaborate carnival costumes born of uniquely creative design concepts.

And this year will be no different, with the inclusion of ensembles such as New Waves!’ processional performance, “Whitewash,” and CAFE’s socially conscious “Mas in Fashion – A Fashion Parade Against Human Trafficking.”

Innovation and imagination rule in the iconic masquerade element of carnival, and costumed revelers are divided into large, medium and small groups for their 2.2-mile trek along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway.

More than 30 adult costume groups will travel along the parkway on Sept. 4, including individual masqueraders vying for King, Queen, Male and Female Character titles.

And as many as 36 youth groups are signed up for a Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the Labor Day parade on the parkway, the “Whitewash” processional performance by New Waves! (an initiative of the Trinidad-based Dance and Performance Institute of dancers and performance artists) is marshaling groups of masked revelers who’ll be dressed in reverent white during their Caribbean dance show at Monday’s carnival parade.

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