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Brooklyn's Panorama Competition

Brooklyn's Annual Panorama Competition
Steel pans used for Panorama competition
Panorama practice session
Steelpan artist Gay Magnus


The Panorama is one of the biggest events for steel bands in Brooklyn. Originating in Trinidad, it is tied to the Carnival season and is best understood as a music competition embedded in a series of festive activities and performances. Carnival in Brooklyn is celebrated on Labor Day; allowing many Trinidadian New Yorkers who return to the island for Carnival to celebrate the event twice a year. Early in the summer, masquerade bandleaders and designers start planning their themes and costumes for Carnival.

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WYNC [], WBUR [], When Steel Talks []

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"Brooklyn's Panorama Competition," in World History Commons, [accessed February 6, 2023]