PLEASANTVILLE, NJ (July 26, 2016) – An enthusiastic crowd lined the length of Franklin Avenue in Pleasantville on Saturday, July 16, waving flags and dancing along with elaborately costumed parade marchers. Soca and Calypso music filled the air, announcing the arrival of the AC Caribbean Carnival.
Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle Sr. and Miss Pleasantville 2016, Ahjahnay Roberts, led the parade, followed by the KAOS Band truck. Stilt-walkers in brilliant costumes danced alongside performers in enormous feathered headdresses and a fantastical silver creature, encouraging onlookers to join in the Carnival merriment.
Even when the parade came to its end, it was clear the party had just begun, with a Caribbean village of merchants and musicians ready to keep the festivities going through the afternoon at the former Pleasantville High School site at Franklin and Ansley avenues. Among the featured performances was a 20-piece steel pan orchestra.
“We’re fortunate to have such a variety of world cultures to experience right here in Pleasantville,” said Mayor Tweedle. “The love of music, family and great food unites us, and that’s worth celebrating.”
Organizer Anthony Logan said the AC Caribbean Carnival was created to share and promote the Caribbean culture of Carnival while also raising funds for the Tri-State Caribbean Cultural Foundation, which helps children suffering from birth defects and other illnesses.
The city has another high-energy event planned for Saturday, August 27 at the same location, when the Mayor’s Cook-Off and Latin Music Festival will give crowds a taste of mouthwatering chicken recipes and the music of Philly salsa star Edgar Joel. For more information, see BayviewSummerSeries.com.