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Christmas Grand Market: A Caribbean Christmas Celebration

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Braata Productions presents their annual “Christmas Grand Market"—a Caribbean Christmas experience. This year's event returns to an in-person format after going virtual last year due to the pandemic. The weekend-long celebration of the Caribbean's rich Christmas traditions will take place on Saturday, December 11th in Brooklyn at the Holy Family Church - St. Laurence and Sunday, December 12th in Queens at Merrick Academy Charter School. Braata’s Christmas Grand Market keeps alive the old, rural Jamaican Christmas tradition by showcasing authentic folk forms of fine and culinary arts, dancing, and music. Both days of the event will also feature a Jonkanoo parade. An integral part of the Grand Market experience, the Jonkanoo parade celebrates the Caribbean’s unique blend of African and European cultures through a procession of revelers depicting colonial-era characters including revolutionaries, subversive agitators, clever pranksters, and, of course, entertainers. Both days of Christmas Grand Market festivities will include Caribbean food, crafts, and gifts from local vendors, live music and dancing, games, and prizes. Cultural exhibitions and storytelling performances will be on display to honor the Market's heritage and provide historical context to the celebration. The Saturday market will open at 5:30 p.m. with a concert at 7 p.m featuring Dahlia Harris as MC with performances by the Chapman Brothers, the Braata Folk Singers, V.I.P (Visually-Impaired Professional) Kimiela “Candy” Isaacs and other special guests. 

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Canarsie, NY