City Celebrates Annual West Indian American Day Parade

NEW YORK (CBS 2/AP) — They were literally dancing in the streets of Brooklyn once again this Labor Day. The annual West Indian American Day Parade went ahead in perfect late summer weather.

It was the 43rd year for the event–which stretched along Eastern Parkway from Rochester Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum.

Nearly three million people were in attendance.

It was a holiday twice over for New Yorkers and others with ties to the Caribbean, as the marchers and musicians stepped off at 11 a.m for the parade — one of the largest in the city.

The event was modeled on traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities. It generally features elaborate costumes, miles of food stalls, reggae beats, colorful floats — and plenty of politicians kicking off the fall campaign season.

Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn were among the political figures on hand for the parade.

Because of new rules requiring parades to be shorter, the route  ended at the Brooklyn Museum this year, instead of the Grand Army Plaza.

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  • No one cares what you think

    Its the biggest for a reason. I have been going to the parade since 1988 and I never had a problem, If you are scared or don like the ” extreme immodesty” stay home it was not ment for you, after all its attracting three million without you and it continues to get bigger and better every year. Why does everything in this country have to be about SEX most people in the parade are not even thinking about SEX. BUT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A BUNCH OF CHILD MOLESTERS NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY YOU HAVE THE HIGHEST INCARERCERATION RATE IN THE WORLD PERVERTS.

    • princeton1991

      Mispercepetions abound that this is a parade and that the chances of criminality will rise. But on the other hand, I recently caught a flight back to JFK from the Caribbean and 2 dozen band members from Guadaloupe were going to Brooklyn for this. One sat next to me who spoke mostly French but was looking forward to seeing what NYC was all about. It’s more than just one crime.

  • margret

    Every body talking about loud music, and women dress in skimpy clothing and dancing, but the gay parade is no different,because a lot of fake wanna be women does be winning and doing all kind of indecent act on the street.

  • tyrone

    the extreme immodesty at this parade and the crazy loud levels of music are reasons to make very needed changes to this parade
    ya gotta watch the cops, it’s a free show for ’em all

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  • Emily Mascarenhas-Barrett

    A lot of big fat women in shaking all of that stuff.

  • kkk

    I pray that there is a someone monitoring the sex offenders lists today because there will be many drunken pedophiles there today…Ive seen it first hand when these young girls come scantily dressed and these drunken old men flirt assault and belittle them its a shame… Today is a great opportunity for the mayor to clean up the city of its filth when the cops arrest drunkard after drunkard, pedophile after pedophile and outright criminals who have no regard for the law and promote civil disobedience….its supposed to be a celebration about heritage, honor, culture, etc not a platform for foolishness or just another excuse to party without merit GROW UP PEOPLE

  • scooby doo

    Unfortunately, this parade is marked with violence, year after year. The media always neglects to mention how many people have been shot, stabbed, or assaulted before, during and after the festivities. It’s really an absurd amount. Plus, I doubt they would want to televise hundreds of scantily clad women who are seriously overweight dancing and shaking their #!#S@ all day long. lol

  • kkk

    because it might televise too much criminal activity and because its a predominately black persons parade and the mainstream doesn’t want to promote Black People…they have Obama so enough already are the sentiments that are echoed

  • alex

    When are we going to have an Asian American Parade, i think its long overdo.

    • the truth

      Asians aren’t trying to parade around to show the world that they are Asians. They are too busy trying to assimilate to whiteness to point out that they are not.

    • Kevin

      Sounds like a great idea Alex, but who is going to organize the events?

  • Amanda

    It would be nice to see this parade on TV, it sounds spectacular.

  • Lynn

    How come this parade is never televised if it’s the biggest parade of all the parades?

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