Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will celebrate Republic Day with nationals of Trinidad & Tobago and other Caribbean states at a town hall meeting on Thursday, September 25 beginning at 8:00pm at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, NY. “It’s an honor for our Prime Minister to spend Republic Day with us,” says Michelle Young, a prominent Trinbagonian-New Yorker.
Trinidad & Tobago became a republic on August 1, 1976 with a president as head of state and not the British monarch. However, Republic Day is celebrated every September 24 to commemorate the opening of the nation’s first Parliament under the Republican constitution.
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar is in NY attending the 69th United Nations General Assembly.
In addition to addressing the General Assembly, the prime minister is also participating in several meetings and conferences on population and development, climate change and other environmental topics.
Last evening she was a guest at a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama.
Before she arrives at Tropical Ballroom on Thursday, Prime Minister Bissessar will visit two landmarks in Brooklyn’s Trinbagonian community. She will first stop at Charlie’s Records on Fulton Street. Charles produced the great calypso hits of the 1970s-1990s. One of his daughters, Olympian Tina Charles, plays for WNBA New York Liberty. The prime minister’s second stop will be Conrad’s Bakery at Utica Ave.
After formally addressing the anticipated large crowd at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, Trinidad & Tobago first woman prime minister will socialize, meet and greet in celebration of Republic Day.
Several other Caribbean leaders are addressing the UN General Assembly. Maybe some will remain in New York during Oct. 4-5 weekend. If so, they may attend the Oliver Samuels play, Dolly House, at York College Center for the Performing Arts.
Over the years, many prime ministers when in NY have attended several plays and shows produced by Herman Hall Communications. The last surprise visit was Prime Minister Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A call from Secret Service informing this magazine and the performing arts center at Howard University that Prime Minister Gonsalves would be attending an Oliver Samuels that evening. And, the prime minister came.