New York, USA. Sept 5th: Police say A 22-year-old man was shot in the torso, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen, and a cop was bitten in the same area of Eastern Parkway, which is along the parade route as millions gathered for the 50th annual New York’s West Indian Parade in Brooklyn on Labor Day. Police say the shooting and the stabbing happened about a hour and a half apart Monday evening.
The man who was shot was taken to Kings County Hospital where he is listed in serious condition but is expected to survive.
Police stressed that the isolated incidents are the exception to what was otherwise a very safe day, enjoyed by the millions in attendance as families, politicians and police joined together to celebrate the music, costumes and culture of the Carribean.
The pre-parade parties began before dawn with J’ouvert (daybreak in French), an irreverent festival held before the parade.
Brooklyn’s annual West Indian Day Parade kicked off Monday in its usual technicolor splendor, bringing close to 2 million people to Eastern Parkway to celebrate the Caribbean masquerade festival Carnival. Massive floats streaming a mixture of Caribbean jams — reggae from Jamaica, calypso from Trinidad and kompa from Haiti — started parading from the Brooklyn Museum down the 2-mile route in Crown Heights at 11 a.m. It was expected finished around 6 p.m. on Flatbush Avenue.
Revelers grinded and twerked in sequined booty shorts and feathered brassieres and capes made of flags from their native countries, including Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados, representing every color of the rainbow and every flag in the Caribbean.
Photo: New York West Indian Parade
Vendors slinging traditional Caribbean fare lined up on the sidewalk. The sweet aromas of jerk chicken, curry and roasted corn swirled above the extravagant event. Older folks in folding chairs sat along the route, bobbing their heads to the music.
Revelers dressed up as political figures or celebrities threw powdered paint at each other, while steel drums and whistles provided the celebratory soundtrack even as the best West Indian food joints in NYC, satisfied cravings for Jamaican jerk chicken and Trinidadian buss-up shot.