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Mardi Gras Majic City Carnival 2010

Junkanoo Shakers at Mardi Gras Majic City Carnival 2010

by Vanessa Woodard Byers

The Church of the Incarnation held its annual Mardi Gras Majic City Carnival 2010 last night at the Mahi Shriners Temple. It was my first time attending and let the record show I had a great time. I didn't expect to see so many people. It seemed like a couple of thousand but there were at least 1,200 folks there. Young and old with various levels of mobility; casual attire and suited down it was a beautiful thing.

There was music by Stacey "The Mighty DJ Entertainer", food and drink galore but the highlight of the evening was The Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers. There is something magical and hypnotic about that type of music. Island folk [African folk] can't help moving to the beat.

I have to acknowledge my table host Delores Lockett who is always so gracious. The food was delicious and Dee is a great dancer too. A special shout out to Vernon 'Cagman' Clark; Pat Range, Sr.; Marty Sands; Ms. Lula; Rubye L. Howard; Natacha Payen and Virginia our tablemates.

Some of the other folks present included: Franklin Clark; Oscar Morley; Harlan Woodard; Ron Carey; Anthony Johnson; Lynette McKenzie; Congresswoman Carrie Meek; Richard & Juanita Miller; Darlene Satterwhite-George; Thomasina Turner-Diggs; Marva Woodard; Naomi Davis; Tom & Renae Jones; Jocelyn Bruno; Sheila Rolle; Thomas & Charlie Albury; Helen Williams; Rosa Harvey-Pratt; James & Marge Fayson; Dana Moss; Franklin Clark; Joyce Postell and Mildred McKinney.

The only sadness in the evening was learning that Father Kenneth Major has been hospitalized. We don't know the details; just keep him in your prayers.

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