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Caribbean folks from all over the world gathered in Brooklyn for the West Indian Labor Day parade. The celebration usually begins shortly after 11 am. The parade featured dozens of bands playing soca music and Caribbean tunes while women and men dressed in colorful costumes, walking and dancing alongside the decorated floats.
Rocking You-Rocking You, Dahved Levy was on holding it down on the mic, alongside Lenny Green. Our WBLS mas campers wore custom made costumes, designed by Sesame Carnival and represented their Jamaican and Haitian roots on the WBLS float, celebrating Sesame Carnival’s 35th Anniversary, on Eastern Parkway.
The festivities are organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. According to Amny.com, the parade attracts nearly one million people throughout the day.
Street vendors took over the Eastern Parkway, selling clothing and Caribbean flags. And who can resist the aroma of the jerk chicken, griot, curry, seafood, and more. Some of the performers included Denise Belfon, Patrice Roberts, Nailah Blackman, and HoodCelebrityy.
Security was great this year. Parade attendees had to pass through metal detectors to be screened for weapons in order to enter the parade.
According to reports, the NYPD had no information on arrests linked to the parade late Monday afternoon.
The West Indian Day Parade is about cultural pride! Showing off your island colors, dancing to the music of the Caribbean, and enjoying a taste of the island life.