President of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, Inc. Of New York, Yolanda Lezama-Clark, has called it quits, New Americas has learnt.
Lezama-Clark quit yesterday, Dec. 22nd. She has been heading up North Americas largest carnival in Brooklyn, NY for 10 years. No reason was given for the resignation beyond that she is “tired.”
Lezama-Clark will most likely be replaced in the post of the non-profit by the vice president of the association. WIADCA was founded by Lezama Clark’s father, Carlos Lezama in 1967, who nurtured the organization and carnival celebrations until 2001, when, due to his ill-health he retired and his daughter, Yolanda Lezama-Clark was elected president.
Her resignation from the post comes on the heels of Facebook postings by several members of the New York Police Department about the carnival and carnival goers. In the postings, the cops referred to West Indian carnival goers are “animals” and “savages” and said they should be bombed.
I wonder if Briding Newell will be the new President, though Ken Faustin is listed as Vice President of WIADCA or if they will actually hold public elections?