NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indian Day parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. The annual celebration of West Indian culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade happened in 2021. The parade follows the Caribbean street carnival, J'ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
NEW YORK (AP) — The steel bands and brightly colored costumes of Caribbean Carnival came back to the streets of New York City, with the West Indian American Day Parade taking place in person Monday after a pandemic-induced hiatus.
Throngs of people made their way to the streets of Brooklyn, where one of the world’s largest celebrations of Caribbean culture takes place, after two years of virtual events.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indian Day parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. The annual celebration of West Indian culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade happened in 2021. The parade follows the Caribbean street carnival, J'ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
Brooklyn is where scores of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants have put down roots and turned the Labor Day celebration into a must-do event, with onlookers and participants carrying flags from a slew of countries.
The main parade started in the late morning and was expected to go into the early evening. A separate street party known as J’Ouvert, commemorating freedom from slavery, was held in the early morning hours before the larger parade started off.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indian Day parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. The annual celebration of West Indian culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade happened in 2021. The parade follows the Caribbean street carnival, J'ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
Outbreaks of violence have occasionally marred both the early morning and main parade, with the most high-profile being the 2015 death of an aide to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo from stray gunfire during the hours of J’Ouvert, which used to start even earlier and was more informal.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: New York City Mayor Eric Adams participate in the annual West Indian Day parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. The annual celebration of West Indian culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade happened in 2021. The parade follows the Caribbean street carnival, J'ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
Since then, a formal start time for J’Ouvert was instituted, along with checkpoints for entry, as well as an increase in police presence on the day.
Police had not reported any incidents in connection with Monday’s events.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Rev. Al Sharpton greet spectators at the annual West Indian Day parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. The annual celebration of West Indian culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade happened in 2021. The parade follows the Caribbean street carnival, J'ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indian Day parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. The annual celebration of West Indian culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade happened in 2021. The parade follows the Caribbean street carnival, J'ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
People participate in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants dance during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sep. 5, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants in costume walk during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Spectators gather to watch the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
A spectator raises a flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
People participate in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sep. 5, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
New York City Mayor Eric Adams attends the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants in costume walk during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
People participate in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants in costume walk during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants in costume walk during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
U. S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, right, takes a picture with spectators during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants in costume walk during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sep. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
People participate in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sep. 5, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
People participate in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
A participant in costume hydrates during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sep. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants practice their dance before the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sep. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
People participate in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
Participants in costume walk during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
New York Governor Kathy Hochul waves at participants during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP
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