Annual West Indian Day Parade held on Labor Day

West Indian Day Parade kicks off for 46th year

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Burst of color: Thousands of vibrantly dressed revelers and marchers packed Eastern Parkway for the annual celebration of Caribbean culture.
Vibrant: Revelers donned bright, eye-popping costumes at the jubilant celebration of Caribbean food, music, and culture.
Loads of fun: Spectators waved flags and cheered on exotically dressed marchers at the celebration of Caribbean heritage.
On parade: Lauren Miller of Bedford-Stuyvesant was one of the marchers donning showy outfits featuring feathers and jewels.
Joyful: Babian Chambers and his daughter Leylani truly enjoyed watching the parade celebrating Caribbean culture.
All dressed up: There was no shortage of marchers in colorful, scantily clad costumes at the annual West Indian Day Parade.

Thousands of joyous revelers flocked to Eastern Parkway on Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, despite the extreme humidity and stormy skies.

There was no shortage of booming steel drum beats, bright floats, vibrant-colored and eye-popping costumes, and bikini-and-feather-clad dancers at the boisterous parade along one of the borough’s major arteries in the heart of Crown Heights.

Scantily outfitted dancers donning elaborate feathered headdresses gyrated their way down Eastern Parkway for the 46th annual parade that celebrates Caribbean music, arts, food, and culture every Labor Day.

“It was loud and fun and full of pretty costumes,” said William Howard, first vice president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, which has been the driving force behind the parade since the organization was established in 1967.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves,” he said. “It was a great celebration of the Caribbean culture.”

Throngs of spectators waving flags of Caribbean countries packed the sidewalks along the two-mile-long parade route, which kicked off on Eastern Parkway at Schenectady Avenue, headed west toward Grand Army Plaza, and then turned onto Flatbush Avenue.

More than one million revelers were estimated to be at the massive parade, and with the Sept. 10 primary election looming, mayoral candidates were guests in the parade, waving and shaking spectators’ hands.

“They were letting everybody know that they understand and know the Caribbean culture,” said Howard.

Borough President Markowitz and Trinidadian DJ MC Wassy served as the grand marshals for this year’s parade.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

tasheqwa from CH proppa says:
because nothing screams west indian like marty markowitz
Sept. 4, 2013, 3:27 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
...or Anthony Weiner yelling at people in a fake Jamaican accent....
Sept. 5, 2013, 10:30 am
crunkweekwa from your moms tum says:
I aint seen no nothin bad bout nothin at tha parade, it was a grand ol time for the whole famly
Sept. 5, 2013, 10:37 am
gimme from around says:
Sept. 5, 2013, 11:37 am
Tal from Pheasantville says:
Aint no one takin my burgers!
Sept. 6, 2013, 9:04 am

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