Wind gusts marred the long-awaited return of the DanceAfrica Bazaar to Fort Greene, wreaking havoc on vendors who noticed tents overturned and merchandise destroyed Saturday afternoon, witnesses stated.
The wild climate had some vendors — who got here so far as North Carolina — operating for cover when the gusts rocked the occasion round 1:15 p.m.
“It was a tornado that came through here today. The wind spiraled everything out of control,” a shaken Kathy Cissokho, 69, of Baltimore, who sells sterling silver merchandise, advised The Post. “I needed four people to hold my tent down but the wind was lifting people up. Tents were flying, tents were destroyed. My tent costs $239. I only used it once and now it’s gone,” she stated.
Lamented Mahamadou Jawara, 59, who got here from the Bronx: “This is the first time we are having it [the bazaar] since COVID and for this to happen,” he stated, shaking his head as a person helped him retrieve what was left of his beaded jewellery. ”It was a loud noise. It was seconds that the whole lot began blowing away. People have been screaming. Some individuals have been afraid. Everything was chaotic.”
Individuals fork over near $700 to arrange their tents for 3 days — Saturday, Sunday and Monday — for the area.
One vendor, Samantha, who anticipated making about $2,000 earlier than the winds got here, tried to have a look at the brilliant facet. “We do have tomorrow, we do have Monday so we are hoping we will be able to recoup some of that money,” she stated. “The heavy wind didn’t last long… but it felt like eternity. There is debris in my eyes and everywhere.”
BAM officers didn’t instantly return messages.