Soca Sensation – DESTRA – The Queen of Bacchanal – to Headline Queens Carnival 2022 Hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr.

We are proud to announce that Destra Garcia – the Queen of Bacchanal – will be headlining the Queens Carnival 2022 hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr. Destra Garcia is a Trinidadian musician, singer and songwriter of soca music. She is also known simply as Destra. She is one of the most popular female soca artists in the world. Destra is perhaps best known for her hit song, “Lucy.”

Destra is often called the Queen of Bacchanal because of the excitement listeners hear in her voice when she appears on radio talk-shows and because of carnival-inspired event she created called the “Festival of Bacchanal.”

“We are so proud to have a superstar of the magnitude of Destra as the crown jewel of our Queens Carnival,” said Senator Sanders. “We are expecting Destra to give one of her usual, energy-filled, dance-inducing performances.”

In 2003 Destra released her first album Red, White, Black which included her hit duet “It’s Carnival” with fellow Soca artist Machel Montano. The song became the virtual anthem of Trinidad and Tobago carnival that year and is widely known throughout the Caribbean and the world.

The Queens Carnval is co-sponsored by Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson and City Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers.

This year the Queens Carnival is presented in partnership with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), REMA4US, DredSurfer Grill, New York City Parks Department, New York Police Department’s 101st Police Precinct, and the Queens Carnival Committee members.

The Queens Carnival will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2022 starting at 11 a.m., starting at Mott Avenue and Beach 21st Street and ending on the boardwalk at Beach 17th Street.

  • Carnival Parade – 11 a.m.
  • Laugh, Dash, Splash Boardwalk Race – 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Sand Castle Building Contest – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Fireworks Display – Beginning at Sundown (sponsored by City Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks Powers)

For general information, to join the committee or to participate in Carnival, click the link below 
or contact Senator Sanders’ office at 718-523-3069 or email 

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