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The West Indian American Day Carnival Parade returns to Eastern Parkway on Monday and is expected to again draw more than a million spectators and revelers. On Sept. 4, costumed dancers will fill the streets of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.

Thousands of vendors will also throng the busy streets, selling Caribbean food, clothing and art.

West Indian American Day Carnival Association President Yolanda Lezama-Clark explained the annual event’s enduring appeal: "Carnival is about music. It’s about color and pageantry."

Marching Director Jean Alexander told GO Brooklyn that there will be more costumes this year, but the parade’s theme, which will emphasize the cultural connection between Mardi Gras and Carnival, is - in part - a somber one.

Said Alexander, "We want to bring attention to the plight of those in New Orleans who are still suffering - and that’s most of them."

The 2006 Carnival Parade begins at 11 am on Sept. 4 at Rochester Avenue and Eastern Parkway. The parade travels along Eastern Parkway to Grand Army Plaza, and turns onto Flatbush Avenue, continuing to Empire Boulevard. For more information, call the Caribbean American Center of New York at (718) 625-1515.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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