The 50th annual West Indian Day Parade took place on Monday on Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway.
Streets were filled with people wearing colorful costumes and waving flags to celebrate their Caribbean heritage. The parade featured music, bands, masqueraders, moko jumbies, floats and Caribbean cuisine.
Starting at 11 am, the celebration will go on until 6pm beginning at Schenectady Avenue and going down Eastern Parkway. Festivities began last week in Brooklyn with various events.
This year to the J'Ouvert Celeberation occurred the morning of the parade. This year's celebration will began at 6 a.m. The formation area and parade route was close to the general public the night before the parade. Hundreds of additional uniformed officers provided security at 12 secure entry points and along the two-mile parade route. Both parade participants and spectators were screened for weapons and alcoholic beverages. In addition, backpacks and other large bags will be prohibited.
The original West Indian Day Parade took place on 1964, and five years later, it was moved to its current home on Eastern Parkway. The carnival draws more than 1 million people every year and is New York’s largest festival, according to the Brooklyn Public Library.
Carnival brings all Caribbean cultures down under one umbrella to celebrate and show off the style of the Caribbean.