Even though the weather gods were not favorable for the 6th annual Go Africa Carnival held in Harlem on Saturday, July 16, the community still came out to support the Carnival celebrating African, Caribbean, and African American fashion, food, music and art held on 116th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards. Celebrating the spirit of the diaspora. City Councilmember Kristin Richardson Jordan presented the Carnival with a Proclamation.
Co-founder Richard Iyasere said that an “estimated attendance this year was 5,000-7,000 people passing through the event throughout the day. The Carnival is becoming a staple celebration of the City’s diversity of the African and Caribbean diaspora with thrilling displays of the unique goods and services provided by African & Caribbean merchants throughout the New York metropolitan area. The Carnival had three pavilions showcasing dance, art, music and cultural attires from various regions throughout Africa and the Caribbean with direct participation from the African community and cultural groups, consulates and embassies from the City’s five boroughs. Furthermore, this event is designed to promote and drive awareness for the African, African American, and Caribbean artists, merchants, and vendors in the immediate community and the diaspora at large.”
Go Africa Network seeks to organize such platforms to highlight the diverse and vibrant culture of the African and Caribbean communities.