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Move Over, Cecil B. DeMille . . .

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From Vegas to Velvet Goldmine, rainbow feathers, silver wings, and neon codpieces owe a glamorous debt to Carnaval. "It's like a movie production -- so much behind-the-scenes work," says Jackie Clavery, designer for the Culture of Black Creations International. The costume organization has been winning accolades over the past 32 years for its gravity-defying fantasia at Brooklyn's annual West Indian parade held on Labor Day. Every year, Clavery and his partner Randy Brewster must come up with a seductive theme different from and better than the previous year's efflorescence. This year's theme? "Caribbean Mist," evoked with tear-shaped scales of lavender and silver and spiky sun-god rays, up to five feet long, made of plastic, vinyl, and foil bought on Canal Street. "We have portrayed everything in the Bible from Creation to all of Genesis," says Clavery. "We had The Ten Commandments in the streets of Trinidad before Cecil B. DeMille."


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