WIADCA celebrating virtually, offering classes amid crisis
Summertime is usually when the West Indian American Day Carnival Association loves to gather, celebrate and share their Caribbean culture with the community--and they still will virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have to be creative and innovative and find other ways to show that we are a part of the community and keep the spirit alive,” said caterer Wendy Regisford.
They’re offering virtual classes in moko jumbie, cuisine in motion, wire bending and more that will continue through the summer months for the community that they say has been hit hard by the pandemic.
"It tears me apart just to see people in our community that are suffering, especially when they can't have a hot meal,” said Marketing Chair and Board Member Michelle Gibbs.
They’re distributing hot meals every Wednesday and delivering meals to local senior centers and hospitals.
"When you feed people it's a sign of love,” said Regisford.
As for their annual parade in September, they say they are exploring all options with city and staff officials to keep people safe.
They hope to let the public know their plans in a few weeks.