West Indian Day Parade Photos

The final event of the 2012 West Indian American Carnival was full of spirit.


The 45th Annual West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade fell on a cloudy day, but spirits were anything but damp.

One of the largest outdoor events in New York City, the parade usually draws about 3 million people, according to the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

This year's carnival had the theme of "getting back to tradition" and included a performance by the "Grand Dame of Calypso," Calypso Rose and an evening devoted to "mas," traditional parade costumes. Harry Belefonte was the parade's grand marshal.  

The Labor Day event capped a five-day celebration of the culture of the Caribbean. Events included dance performances, a "stay in school" concert, a kiddie parade, a "brass fest soca madness" concert, a steelpan competition, a "Dimanche Gras" variety show and J'ouvert, a pre-dawn parade where revelers wear costumes to mock "political issues, celebrities, and prominent events," according to WIACA.

On Monday, the dozens of floats and hundreds of dancers began at the corner of Rochester and Eastern Parkway at 11 a.m. and ended at Grand Army Plaza at about 6 p.m.  

Dancers in ornate costumes put on a final push to the beat of Calypso and Steelpan as they reached the procession's end at Grand Army Plaza, while spectators old and young cheered them on.

Paradegoers showed their own spirit with flags—some fashioned into clothing, some worn as capes or headbands, and others waved vigorously by children as they watched the dancers go by.

On the service road, vendors sold Caribbean specialities, crafts and clothing.

Politicians including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Gov. Andrew Cuomo also marched in the procession.

In the aftermath of the event, several acts of violence happened along the route: in the neck and killed in two separate incidents, one on Eastern Parkway and Bedford Avenue and the other on St. Johns Place near Utica Avenue; and a man and a woman were both shot in the upper leg on Eastern Parkway near New York Avenue and are in stable condition, police said. 


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heather paul September 04, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Yes they are great photos. Why not post the photo of 135 eastern parkway's entrance and directly in front of it the "sexy soul Oldies Nubian style blaringly loud all day music booth that did not belong in front of a private residential building Do you really think that would happen on fifth or west end avenue in front of private building entrances.
Chris September 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
then go live on fifth or west end avenue. it's once a year. happens over a three day weekend. every year, same time. why don't you go visit someone for the weekend?
Joe Gonzalez September 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I was in the immediate area where a murder occurred. I was horrified. I was standing on the north side on Eastern Parkway & Bedford Ave adjacent to the service road about 6 pm. I saw the last flatbed truck in the parade attempting a turn southbound on Bedford Ave. Sheer mayhem erupted. Hundreds were stampeding every which way. I saw a 20 something man burst thru the crowd & into the fenced in area between the service road & the main Parkway. He was holding his neck area & covered with blood from neck to stomach. He felled to the ground & was trashing about. BedStuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp (BSVAC) staff immediatedly attended to him. I then saw he wasnt moving very much--then not at all. NYPD cops & vehicles flooded the area & I could no longer see the man. Moments later a wall of cops formed nightsticks at the ready & they hurded folks westbound on Eastern Pkwy towards Franklin Ave myself included. Once at Franklin Ave I saw another riot erupt & saw many cops charge into 327 Eastern Pkway later emerging with 2 men under arrest. I was in fear of my life as sheer bedlam was everywhere. I later made my way north on Franklin Av en route home & saw all manner of mayhem taking place on intersecting cross streets.
Joe Gonzalez September 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Its time to examine the role these flatbed trucks and other vehicles play in the parade disorder. Folks often fall back from the vehicles to avoid the auto exhaust fumes. This causes huge gaps in the parade contigents and lengthens the parade. it also create very dangerous conditions for parade-goers and police alike. There are many parades in the City that do not have so many or even any vehicles--such as the St Patrick's Day Parade which has no vehicles--everybody walks which is good exercise.
Lori Heddinger September 04, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Great photos Amy!


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