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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Multi-Culture Series

This eclectic collection of award-winning programs promotes the understanding and appreciation of ethnicity, diversity and multiculturalism. Programs available on 13 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 13-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or Click for more

Carnival: The Power of Mas

Carnival: The Power of Mas

"Highly Recommended. The beautiful colors, spectacular costumes, and music show the effort producers make to preserve the ritual's authenticity. Issues central to Mas' continuation, such as funding, relations between the city and the camps, and potential barriers between the camps themselves are highlighted." -VRG Review
Pasadena, California, has its Rose Parade; Brooklyn, New York, has its Brooklyn Carnival - not only North America's largest cultural celebration, but also the world's largest j'ouvert, in which each year over Labor Day weekend more than two million people may attend. This breathtaking extravaganza, also known as West Indian Labor Day, can trace its roots back to the 1920s in Harlem, when immigrants from Trinidad and other Caribbean islands began celebrating Carnival there; eventually permission was granted to parade down Eastern Parkway to Utica Ave. to Washington Ave. and ending at Grand Army Plaza; its success led to the organizing of the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association. Although the official parade occurs on Labor Day, various musical, dancing, culinary and how-to craft events are held from Thursday through the weekend. Not surprisingly, preparations for Carnival begin months in advance with thousands of participants; each is divided into a masquerade camp or "mas" and works feverishly to create spectacular costumes and floats. This exciting and informative program places us directly into the world of making and participating in this extraordinary Carnival as it happens; here we learn from the masqueraders; we hear the various styles of Caribbean music, we learn of and can almost taste the delicious types of food, and, most importantly, as we gain an appreciation of these Caribbean cultures we discover "the power of mas." Produced by Roger Thomas and Kenneth Antrobus. 04/10DE IJSCA 60 min.
Also See: Cuba on Fire: Mythologies and Origins of Carnival





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