Brooklyn author releases children’s book celebrating the West Indian American Day Parade

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For many in Brooklyn the West Indian American Day Parade is a special celebration, which is why a local author is bringing the magic of event into the pages of a children's book.

Author Yolanda Lezama-Clark says she is educating the youth on how New York City’s largest festival became a part of the borough's history.

The book, "Jaidyn and the King of the Brooklyn Carnival," tells the tale of Trinidad tradition and West Indies culture.

Lezama-Clark's father, Carlos Lezama nicknamed the "King of Carnival," devoted his life to preserving Caribbean history across the city through music, cultural dances and showcasing art memorabilia.

"We celebrate with not just Trinidadians, but we have Barbadians, Grenadians, Vincentians, Haitians, Panamanians. There are a number of people who come out and celebrate that day and we want the kids to know why, and this book talks about that," says Lezama-Clark.

Each year the West Indian American Day Parade seems to grow bigger and bigger. Lezama-Clark believes she is doing her part by keeping rich West Indie history alive.

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