West Indian Carnival in NYC!

On Labor Day, I went to the West Indian Carnival! The parade was hosted in Brooklyn along Eastern Parkway. I’ve always wanted to go to this parade because I love Caribbean culture and their food and they sure know how to party haha!

My friend who is from the Cayman Islands was here for the carnival as well so she was representing her island! There were a variety of floats that were going by that had DJs playing music with people dancing and waving flags! The people walking in the parade were wearing or waving their flags too. And everyone was dancing to their anthem carnival songs. There were others that had on jeweled outfits and others that had a huge costume that was on wheels! I even saw a man that was completely covered in gold paint and glitter!

Going to carnival was a very nice to experience. It was awesome to see how the Caribbeans celebrated their culture! It was definitely a fun site to see!

What’s My Nationality?

I’ve always been interested in my roots, my ancestors and where they were from geographically.

I am an African-American. Both my parents are African-American as well. 

On my father’s side, my grandmother’s father was Gullah who are descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the low country regions of Georgia and the North and South Carolina. 

The language spoken was Geechee, which seemed to be affiliated with the creole language. 

Here are a few celebrities who are of Gullah/Geechee descent:

Celebrities of Gullah/Geechee Descent

Also, my grandfather’s mother was Native American but I don’t know what tribe she was from. And his father was African-American.

On my mother’s side, both her mother and father were African-American as well.

I am proud of being an African-American woman! I would love to know more about my ancestors and if they were from Africa , from the Caribbean, South America, etc. 

Though people told me that when they first met me, they thought I was Jamaican or Ghanaian. And these were people were Caribbean or African descent. For all I know, I could have ancestors who come from one of those nationalities!

I eventually want to try out the Ancestry DNA test where they can predict a certain percentage of each nationality that’s in my DNA based on a saliva sample. 

I don’t have any children yet, but when I do, I want to be able to teach them about their nationality and for them to know the history of their ancestors.

Have any of you tried out the Ancestry DNA testing? If so, were you surprised with the results?

Or have you recently discovered something new about your nationality? 

I’d love to hear from you! 

Daily Prompt – Roots

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