The 2018 West Indian Day Parade is underway on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway.
Streets are filled with people wearing colorful costumes and waving flags to celebrate their Caribbean heritage. As usual, this year’s parade features 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 to Empire Boulevard. Festivities began last week in Brooklyn with various events.
This year to the J’Ouvert Celebration occurred the morning of the parade with the celebration will beginning at 6 a.m. The formation area and parade route was close to the general public the night before the parade. Additional uniformed officers provided security at 13 secure entry points and along the parade route. Both parade participants and spectators were screened for weapons and alcoholic beverages. In addition, backpacks and other large bags were 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.
New York City has one of the largest populations of Black Caribbean immigrants in the America mostly representing the nations of Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Guyanese, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia and the Bahamas.