40th Anniversary Of Vincy Mas Launched In NY
A full cast of soca and calypso artistes entertained an exuberant crowd on Sunday evening (Nov 13), as officials from the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) and the Ministry of Sports and Culture led the launch of the 40th Anniversary of Vincy Mas in Brooklyn, New York.
Hundreds of nationals made it their top priority to witness and participate in the four-hour-odd-long ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center.
The event also served as the simultaneous launching pad for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Mapping Project, organized by the Regional Integration and Diaspora Unit (RIDU), in partnership with the United Nation’s International Organization of Migration (IOM).
Briggo, Bomani, Scorcher, Dennis Bowman, Drakie, Hibiscus, Madzart and Winston Soso were among artistes who performed at the anniversary launch.
Among officials were Tourism, Sports and Culture Minister Cecil "Ces” McKie; Tourism Authority chief executive officer Glen Beache; CDC chairman Ricky Adams; Immediate Past Chairman and Chairman of the 40th Anniversary Committee Dennis Ambrose; New York Consul General Howie Prince; and president of the Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), Laverne McDowald-Thompson.
"Our mission, at this time, is to extend an early invitation to everyone to join us in promoting the special celebration of 40 years of June-July Carnival – Vincy Mas 2017,” said Ambrose, adding that he was pleased to be invited to speak to "this wide cross-section of persons, who have been identified as a great audience for assisting SVG (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) Team to link with other sources in the Diaspora.” Ambrose said the Diaspora "has worked well” with the CDC in the past, and "We anticipate your participation at multiple levels in this landmark festival.”
Ambrose said the 40th Anniversary of Vincy Mas Committee hopes to introduce some new shows in the Vincy Mas programme, which starts as early as January 2017. "Our presence here is, of course, to give you an early little teaser of our special program for Vincy Mas 40th Anniversary celebration,” he said.
Newly installed Chairman, Ricardo Adams said his focus as new CDC chairman goes by the acronym "madness.” He said "m” represents marketing; "a” for accountability; "d” for development; "n” for natural interest; "e” for embracing change; "s” for shows; and the other "s” for synergies.
"I invite all to Vincy Mas 2017, where we will continue to celebrate the hottest carnival in the Caribbean,” he said. "Congratulations to all predecessors who brought Vincy Mas to this point. "We are now 40; and, when you turn 40, it is a new era when you can be more confident and explore new opportunities in life,” he added. "So, too, will Vincy Mas embrace this new era.”
Minister McKie urged nationals not only to come home for Vincy Mas but to come home for other activities, stating: "We have now reached the stage, where we can boast [of] a whole calendar of events in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
"Put your hands to St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” he urged. "For the next 10 years, St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be the envy of the Caribbean.” Beache appealed to the audience to speak well about the homeland. "I hear a lot of people complain,” he said. "We need to stop being so negative about St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
New Consul General Howie Prince said: "You’ve asked for change, and you got it… So it is for you to get behind these people, behind carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
The official launch of Vincy Mas 2017 is set for May 6. Vincy Mas 2017 runs from June 30 to July 11.