Labor Day Message from: Roy A. Hastick, Sr., President/CEO, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Monday, September 3, 2018 marks the 51St. Anniversary of the West Indian American Labor Day Carnival Association Annual Celebration in Brooklyn, New York.  The fun and splendor of multi-colored costumes, and pulsating tropical rhythms from the Caribbean Diaspora energize the entire New York region, attracting spectators from all over the world.  This parade along Eastern Parkway each year is the result of careful planning and strategizing, which help to make this grand occasion possible.  These efforts are worthy of recognition, expressions of gratitude and support.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and members of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), I take this opportunity to salute and congratulate the Chairperson, Interim President, board of directors, staff and members for their hard work, exemplary leadership and their commitment to showcasing Caribbean culture at its best.  We will continue our year- round collaboration and outreach through a variety of CACCI’s business development programs and services and participation in the organization’s activities.

The Annual Labor Day celebrations generate millions of dollars for the City and State of New York, which help to stimulate the economy.  Many jobs are created within small businesses such as: costume designers, dressmakers, printers, musicians, DJs, truckers and movers, travel agents, hotels and small guest houses, bakeries, taxi and limousine services, caterers, vendors and tour operators, to name a few.  This enhanced labor pool also helps to boost sales of established businesses in surrounding areas.  The wider business community also benefits through purchases from organizers, participants and visitors.

Annual carnival celebrations held throughout the United States and the world showcase Caribbean cultural heritage and help to ensure the preservation of Caribbean Cultural institutions at home and abroad.  Again, congratulations WIADCA!  Have a peaceful and festive celebration.

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